Friday, February 15, 2013

Dry Fire Practice- Little Things

This evening after putting Walker to bed I conducted some dry fire training. It was pretty good. Definitely getting used to handing the smaller J frame and it's trigger. One nice thing about a DAO revolver is that you cannot cheat and thumb cock it so you just have to get comfortable with the trigger. I am eager to get it out to the range and put some more ammo through it. This trip will coincide with zeroing the new scope for the AR after it arrives.

Did notice one interesting thing when shooting the wheel gun. My Blackhawk IWB holster came out with the gun a couple times. Admittedly it was probably just because I was repeatedly drawing without taking the time to really reset the holster. That consideration aside it is still no bueno. An easy fix is to undo the velcro on my rigger belt, slip the holster in and then re velcro the belt. The bottom of the plastic clip sort of looks like an upside down T that hooks on both sides of the belt keeping it solidly in place. I will probably talk more about this holster at some point. It's not perfect but for $10 picking one up when you get a gun then figuring out another option down the road when your budget allows (if you even feel the need to) is a solid option. Elitists will hate it but a $10 holster that is good enough for casual use or to get you started on a busget has some real value in the market place.

Next I shifted to rifle work. I haven't rocked iron's as primary sights for awhile and wanted to get used to using them in a CQB type setting. Also I needed to knock some dust off the old muscle memory. Rifle work was good. Weapon manipulation and target acquisition were solid. Also spent some time training with the tac light. With it located at about 1:30 the setup is pretty natural. The only minor issue is if I get lazy about grip my thumb can obscure the sights. Optics sit slightly higher so this should be less of an issue. If a bit more training will not fix this I will look at other mounting options or a pressure switch.

The point I am trying to get to is that we find flaws and weak points in our gear, systems and capabilities when we use them. Little things come up and we figure them out by setting stuff up differently or training appropriately. Occasionally something big pops up that must be dealt with. If you just buy a gun, a holster and a bunch of hollow points  then load up the gun and stick it in the holster to occasionally travel with you these flaws never appear. It is true that you may live a charmed life and never have these unknown flaws become huge problems but not everyone is so lucky.

Get out and use your stuff. Getting out and shooting is great but with the limited availability and high price of ammo these days it may be hard to do often. Dry fire is free and you can do it at home so there are no excuses.

Just Do It!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Ryan, kudos. So many blogs and sites on guns, ammo, gear, etc., so few talk about "dry practice". Like you said, it is free and because you can do it at home there is no excuse.

One secret to a rapid presentation of a firearm is 'muscle memory'. The only way to achieve this is performing the same function over and over 100s or 1,000s of times. And like you said, if you pay attention, you will find flaws in handling, gear, etc. All this with no driving or cost in ammo.

I have seen someone showing how easy their draw was from a crossdraw holster (just a finger, no gun)and nobody noticed or said anything about how he muzzle-swept a third of the room when he did it.

There are some safety rules for dry practice.
Check your weapon. Check your weapon. Check your weapon. No ammo in the room.
Use a temporary target. Put a sticky note on the side of your gun safe. Don't use the picture of your mother-in-law next to the TV. Take the sticky note down when you are done.
No interuptions. If you are interupted, start over with checking you weapon. There are stories of people sending a round thru the house after answering the door. Check your weapon.

Pay attention. When presenting the weapon did you muzzle any part of your own body? Was your finger on the trigger before you were on target? Does your muzzle end up pointing to the same place every time?

Dry practice is invaluable.


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