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T

he current ammunition crunch has
not only restricted factory ammo
availability, but has also resulted
in a significant shortage of primers
and component bullets for reloaders.
Unfortunately, this product shortage is
projected to last well into 2021.
This has put a serious crimp into practice
regimes and has resulted in many shooters
limiting themselves to dry firing in the
living room. That's better than nothing, but
it doesn't duplicate match conditions like
responding to the BEEP, rapid gun handling,
reloading, movement, foot position and
equipment management.
That can be tough to do in the living
room, but it's easy on a range and with
just a fraction of the ammunition one
would expend during their normal practice
sessions. Call it " Dry Match Practice " instead
of just " Dry Firing Practice. "
Savvy shooters will duplicate match
conditions by wearing their full match
gear-holster, ammo carriers, ear and eye
protection (and a cover garment if shooting
IDPA) just like they would in a match. Use
targets appropriate for the discipline, and
old pasted practice targets work fine. A timer

Dummy rounds are an asset for dry practice, and
simple to make.

Marked shooting positions allow competitors to practice
the movement skills they will need during a match.

should also be incorporated. This can be set
on delay and shooter activated, or better yet
have a shooting partner call out the Range
Commands and activate it. Keep things as
realistic as possible.
That starts with setting up targets on one's
normal practice range. An active range is
important because some live rounds will
need to be fired, although far fewer than in
normal practice sessions. Multiple targets are
important to allow for practicing movement
and transitions. Three or four targets, spaced
three to five yards apart, should be set up
if range conditions allow it. Shooting boxes
and fault lines are standard in action shooting
and shooters can easily duplicate those with
nothing more than a white Styrofoam cup or
plate to mark each position.
Before beginning " dry " practice, some live
rounds should be fired to get the shooter into
their normal rhythm. It's also advisable to end
every practice session with live firing. That's

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