Dry Firing – Something We Should Do More Often

Dry Firing Is Just As Important As Live Firing For Improvement

Recently I was reading an online article in Rifle Shooter Magazine that “David Tubb a High Power Rifle Champion in the USA” had contributed towards, where he talks about Dry Firing and how important it is as part of any training or changes you make in your shooting. 

I know many of us do Dry Fire at home or at the range but I thought that I would post this article for the readership that may not be aware of the benefits of Dry Firing.

“rifleshootermag (2011) rifleshootermag [Internet] New York, Intermedia Outdoors, Inc. Available from: http://rifleshootermag.com [Accessed 21 December 2011]”

Tubb’s Tips: Serious Dry Firing

Everyone dry-fires, or at least knows they should, but how sincerely do you treat this exercise?

By David Tubb

Everyone dry-fires, or at least knows they should, but how sincerely do you treat this exercise? I think some people can get up there and dry-fire 20 shots and duplicate a run on a record target while others wouldn’t learn a thing through the same activity.

The idea behind dry-firing is working through technical and mechanical skills and using the feedback for direction. It’s a great tool that’s convenient and also allows you to really focus on what you’re doing. When there are fewer distractions such as recoil, you get better information.

I dry-fire all the changes I make in technical or mechanical elements, and I often discard the change without ever firing a round downrange with it.

Given enough experience with similar things in the past and also the proper amount of attention devoted to the dry-firing session, there’s certainly nothing wrong with discarding a change if the feedback you get through dry-firing is telling you the change isn’t working.

I always hope that dry-firing a change will lead to something else to try, and that’s another positive feedback from the exercise. Changing and tuning go hand in hand. The key to benefiting from dry-firing is learning to discriminate.

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