One of the foundations of successful gun handling and marksmanship is shooting and training frequently. While it is easy to become complacent and unchanged in your routine and practice, constantly testing and training your shooting skills ensures that you stay up to date on performance and technique while enjoying the mental challenge of a challenge.
Dry firing is one of the best ways to maintain marksmanship between shooting range trips. Not only is it cheaper due to no purchasing of ammunition – it also allows you to practice your technique without the distraction of actual shooting. Through dry fire exercises you can use the time to practice trigger control, recoil management, sight alignment and even breathing techniques in order to unleash accuracy downrange.
For example, you may want to set up a training regimen comprised of two days of dry firing per week, then attending a local shooting range one day a week. Through the training regimen you can evaluate your performance on the range and make the necessary adjustments the following day with your dry fire practice.
If you can’t make it to a shooting range, try setting up challenging target scenarios and seeing how quickly you can recognize and properly engage. Also, if you’re looking to increase the speed of your shooting skills, you can practice reaction time drills in which you have your target presented and must take your shot within a certain amount of time.
Additionally, with the wide variety of training firearms available, you can practice off the range in your own home with an increased focus on safety. With SIRT (shot indication reset trigger) pistols, you can receive immediate feedback with the snap of a trigger and start honing your skills in the comfort of your own home. Even ammunition-free lasery training guns give you the chance to assess your accuracy at the snap of a trigger.
No matter how you choose to practice and maintain your shooting skills, the most important thing is to actually do it. Without frequent testing and training of your shooting skills, your accuracy and technique can quickly become stale and your confidence waver. So get out and do some dry firing, hit the range, and keep your shooting skills sharp!
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