Dry Fire Training Tips: 3 Ways To Make At-Home Gun Training More Fun And Effective!

Jeff Anderson
Jeff Anderson, Editor

Ok, by now you’ve heard of “dry fire”, right?

Dry fire is basically the act of using your firearm — drawing it, aiming with it, pulling the trigger, and working movement and mechanical drills — without loading any ammunition – in order to master certain skills you don’t need to go to a live-fire range for.

Bottom line… if you hope to master the reflexive skills you need defend yourself in a real attack, then you MUST practice dry fire training.

But there’s another problem with dry fire in the modern shooting and “tactical” community (and trust me, it’s a mistake that almost everyone makes)…

You see, too many people associate dry fire with (yawn) boredom.

Dry fire does NOT have to be boring, and it doesn’t have to be a mindless exercise of just pulling the trigger over and over again.

I spoke with firearms expert Ron Avery about making dry-fire training more fun and effective, and here is a run-down of what he told me.

3 Ways To Make Your Dry-Fire Training More Fun… AND Effective!

Dry Fire Training Tips: Make At Home Gun Training More Fun And Effective
Ron Avery

If you've overcome the reluctance to dry-fire your guns, you've taken one step in the right direction.

You won't hurt your gun by doing some regular dry fire work with it…

…and you WILL help improve your skills.

There are some ways to really make your dry-fire practice more effective and more fun, though.

Let's talk about three of them right now.

Dry-Fire Tip #1: Change Your Mental Dry-Fire Training Framework

Unfortunately, too many people treat dry fire like it’s a “practice routine”.

It’s not.

Dry-fire isn’t just “practice” – it’s training.

It's training that can one day save your life, in fact.

So, before every dry-fire training session, take just a moment to close your eyes and reinforce the reason “why” you’re doing it to begin with.

You should be training to hone your skills now so they’re ready to come to your rescue should you ever be facing a real-life attacker.

That's the mindset to bring to every training session.

Dry-Fire Tip #2: Engage Your Emotions With Visual Triggers

A real life-or-death gunfight is anything but “boring”, wouldn’t you agree?

Your body’s natural survival “emotions” will trigger an adrenaline rush that affects every cell in your body.

Your heart will be pounding… your breathing will become shallow… your vision will become “tunneled”… and you’ll lose fine-motor skills.

This is far from what most people experience down at the local gun range as they plink away at static paper targets.

You can add more emotion into your dry-fire training by imagining the consequences of not mastering the skills you need to operate your weapon under the stress of a real attack.

Whether it’s seeing your family tied up and helpless in a home invasion… or not making it home after you’re stabbed in a parking lot hold-up… the more you can engage the “fear factor” into worst-case scenarios, the more you’ll be able to feel your heart in your throat when practicing your dry-fire sessions.

Dry-Fire Tip #3: Train With “What If?” Scenarios

You’re sitting in your bedroom ready to get in a few dry-fire reps… but instead of your bedroom, picture yourself sitting in a restaurant with your date across the table.

An “active shooter” walks through the door and pulls a sawed-off rifle from under his coat.

Ask yourself, “What if THIS were to happen? What would I engage the shooter in this scenario?”

Every situation you can create is different, but the principles are the same.

Simply picture the situation… and THEN do your dry-fire reps, with your emotions engaged and a visual “movie” playing in your mind of the scenario.

What Do YOU Do For At-Home Gun Training?

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MCS Podcast #106: The Perfect Dry-Fire Training Session

Dry-Fire Training Drills For Firearms

Dry-Fire Training Drills For Firearms

Ok, be honest…

Are you REALLY getting in as much firearms training as you'd like to?

Wait, let me put it another way…

Are you training as much as you SHOULD be – as much as you NEED to be – to one day protect yourself or someone you love from a violent attack?

Ok, trick question… because the answer should ALWAYS be “no”!

If you truly care about protecting yourself and your loved ones from an attack, you should never stop fine-tuning your shooting skills, right?

But the reality is, very few of us have the time, money, or enthusiasm to make it down to the live-fire center to send a few thousand rounds down range to master the tactics that could one day save your life.

The answer?

Use your own weapon (safely!) in your own home, using strategic dry-fire techniques to get you to the top of your game.

And this week, top competitive shooter and tactical trainer, Ron Avery, will help you design “the perfect dry-fire training session” to help you fine-tune your abilities to shoot faster… more accurate… and with more realism without an expensive trip to the gun range.

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Here's what you'll find in this week's episode…

  • The biggest myth “experienced shooters” fall prey to that actually holds them back from being the true “master” they think they are!
  • “But I'll break my firing pin!” and other dry-fire myths, misinformation, and ridiculous goofs!
  • “The Perfect Dry-Fire Session”: How to set it up… what to work on… and exactly how to use it to become a better shooter and protector!
  • The “next level” – how to progress from fundamental shooting strategies to real-life tactical scenarios so you can have full confidence your skills will be there when you need them the most!

When a world-class shooter and tactical trainer tells you that dry-fire training is the secret to his success, you'd better believe it.

And when he shares his top dry-fire training tips for YOU to take action on… well… you'll be pretty damn smart to use them!

What Other Dry-Fire Training Tips Do You Have That Will Help Others Become A Better Shooter?

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