Dry Practice: Way More Useful Than You Think

I was in a family owned restaurant outside Springfield Ohio yesterday and the guy sitting beside us had two combat knives hanging one on each side. It got my attention! What do you think about going about in public like this?

Dry fire/dry practice: Most of us don’t do enough of it, period. Most of us don’t realize how much we can get out of it or how valuable it is. The reality is that you can do probably 90% of what you normally think of range work, shooting techniques, gun manipulations, access and presentation, etc., without firing or having to fire a shot. Very nearly the only thing you can’t get from dry-practice is recoil from the gun.

I was reminded of the value of dry-practice this weekend. I had a one-day basic pistol class during which I demonstrated shooting drills and checked a student’s gun to see if it was him or the sights that were off. I was consistently able to keep two and three shot groups with overlapping rounds and produced an overlapping shot group with the student’s gun, a 1911 (I have not fired any 1911 form-factor firearm in nearly, maybe more than, two years.). [Yes, you’re right; the gun was not off, the student was. He was doing much better by the end of the day.]

Why is this remarkable? Before I fired in class, I had not fired a live round in nearly sixty days. All of my training to that point consisted of dry-fire/dry-practice, and not much more than twenty minutes at a time of that. Dry-practice is what allowed me to maintain consistent accuracy not just with the gun I’m familiar with, but even with a gun I had not handled in many months.

Sonny Puzikas in his Beyond The Firearm II DVD considers dry practice so useful that he thinks 50-60% of your training should be done that way. Another 30-40% he believes should be Force On Force. Only 10% of all training time, in the opinion of this former Spetznaz team member, should be spent in live fire.


I wonder how many people reverse those figures and wonder why they’re not doing so well?

I believed him when I heard him say that in the video, and after seeing some proof of it, I still do. So I urge you all to give more time to dry practice in the belief that you will see good and useful results from doing more of that and less actual shooting. Try it and see.

This is my first post here, but have a question. I am left-handed. If I get into a situation in my truck or car with someone at my driver’s door, what is the best tactics to use?

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