Here are 5 reasons why dry fire practice is important.
If Rome wasn’t built in a day, why would you expect to become a master sport shooter in a day, either?
It happens to all of us: that new firearm arrives and we go to the store to pick it up. Immediately, we run some fresh rounds through it at our favorite local gun range. We use it a few times, and then let it slowly collect dust until our next opportunity to head the range, which for most of us, is few and far between.
Visit the Cabela’s Firearms & Gun shops to satisfy your craving for a new firearm, or pick up targets to help your dry fire practice sessions indoors. Remember, you can always turn on your laser sight inside to help spot your aim!
Also, before attempting dry fire practice, follow all rules of shooter safety, including triple-checking that the barrel is clear. Also, rimfire rifles and pistols should never be dry fired because you can damage the firing pin.
1. Practice makes perfect
You wouldn’t expect to become an expert on the guitar in a single day, so why would you expect the same from your firearm skill set? By practicing with your new firearm, you’ll learn the feel and weight of it in your hands and start to learn the trigger. This will prevent flinching and uncertainty when you finally get the range.
2. Focus is paramount
When you’re at the range, chances are there will be other shooters around you doing the exact same thing. Sights, sounds, and caution can cause you to quickly lose focus from the task at hand. By dry fire practicing, you’ll be able to focus on one thing at a time, whether it be exactly how the gun fits into your hand or how your body responds each time you pull the trigger.
3. You learn preparedness from practice
Similar to ‘practice makes perfect,’ being prepared comes from practice. The chance that you will ever need to use your firearm in a self defense situation is a very, very slim, yet existent chance. By dry fire practicing, you will be able to practice your movements seamlessly should you ever find yourself in a dangerous situation. Instead of letting panic take over, you will be able to respond in a more natural and fluid way based on muscle memory alone.
4. Trigger control is 90 percent of shooting a gun well
And how do you learn trigger control? From dry firing your gun! Each trigger is different in its own minute way, and some firearms have two different trigger functions, like the .38 Special. By acquainting yourself with the individual trigger function on each firearm enough time, you will instinctively learn how the gun wants to be fired to reach its highest potential, which will help you in the blind and on the range.
5. Get to know yourself as a shooter
Each person is different when it comes to handling firearms, but if you never learn your own individual ticks, your chance of conquering them is slim to none. Do you tend to pull left when you release the trigger? Do you flinch a bit waiting for the kickback (hey, it happens to all of us!)? Do you close your eyes at the last second? These are all bad habits that, instinctively, we find ourselves doing. Conquering those habits will make you a better shot all around.
Know where to go when you’re searching out even more tools and tips to help improve your shooting? Cabela’s Shooting Park, of course.