This makes firearms training one of the most important things you’ll ever do.
But there’s a problem.
A lot of shooters, including experienced instructors, are making 5 very specific VISUAL mistakes.
Worse, they don’t REALIZE these mistakes make training scars.
(And during a gunfight is no time to find out about them!)
In this week’s podcast episode, Modern Combat & Survival’s Jeff Anderson looks at each of these 5 visual gunfight training mistakes so that you can make your own gun training more realistic and effective.
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Here’s What You’ll Discover In This Week’s Episode:
The mistake almost EVERYONE makes when using the sights.
The one place you NEVER want to look during a stoppage drill.
The reloading mistake that even experts make!
The well-meaning bad habit that could cause you to miss a real threat after a shooting.
A common error to avoid after the threat is down and neutralized (you think).
Don’t ingrain bad habits by training incorrectly.
Learn the right way to train with a gun… and be better prepared to protect yourself and your family with that weapon.
This training is for new shooters as well as “experts” and it’s going to blow your mind how fast you can literally “program” life-saving skills into your brain (like a computer)…
The online workshop won’t cost you a thing, but the lessons you learn will absolutely transform your “gun-training” into “gun-FIGHT” training using some new tricks that hardly ANY shooters even know about.
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!
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”.
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.
Whatever that number REALLY is, the bottom line is that, to defend yourself in a real attack, you’d better know how to fight back when you’re knocked on your @#$ or dragged down by your attacker.
Same goes for a gunfight…
As much as you’d like to think you can get to your gun with your well-practiced 1-second draw, Murphy’s Law states that you’ll never even see the attack coming and you could find yourself lying flat on your back before you even get a chance to lay a finger on your concealed firearm.
Here’s a simple drill you can do to better prepare for an ambush attack that forces you to defend from the ground…
Home Dry-Fire Handgun Drill For Shooting From The Ground!
First the setup…
This dry-fire drill works best with an airsoft or other replica gun (like a “blue gun” or SIRT laser pistol) but if you use your own weapon, be sure to unload ALL ammo (don’t even have any in the room), clear the weapon safely; and then have someone double-check there are no rounds at all in the gun.
Also, it’s best to do this exercise on a padded mat or carpeted floor for safety – and give yourself plenty of room.
And finally, you can do this dry-fire drill with any sort of target (or even just aiming at a light switch), but if you can find a willing training partner, it will be much more realistic.
Now, here’s how the drill goes…
Step 1: Place your safe weapon in your regular concealment holster.
Step 2: With partner or target within arm’s reach, fall onto your back.
Make sure you lead with the buttocks and roll backwards so you’re not slamming your back onto the ground and injuring yourself.
Also, as you’re falling, make sure you keep your feet toward your “attacker”. (This is critical in a real attack!)
Step 3: Perform a series of aggressive “bicycle kicks” to practice keeping your attacker at bay.
In between kicks, draw your training pistol as quickly as you can.
(btw… this is where you’ll get the cold, hard truth about how your method of carry will either help you – or hurt you – when trying to fight from the ground!)
Step 4: Once drawn, cross your ankles near the ground and place your weapon between your knees.
This is a little known trick for “ground-shooting” that steadies your aim by stabilizing your arms against your legs as you engage your target.
The Truth About Dry-Fire Drills…
This is just one example of a simple dry-fire drill that only takes a few minutes to do… but as you can see – it’s far more realistic and effective than your typical range training, right?
In fact, if you own a firearm and want to keep your skills sharp enough to truly feel secure that you can protect yourself and those you love, then you absolutely MUST make simple dry-fire drills like this a part of your weekly routine.
However, it’s pretty hard to find drills that are easy… realistic… AND fun!
We put together 67 exciting dry-fire drills for all kinds of scenarios (ambushes; home invasion; multiple attackers; vehicle attacks; and more) and if you’re truly serious about using a gun for personal defense, you can pick all 67 dry-fire drills up right here…
Just one warning…
Once you get started, dry-fire drills are pretty addicting! 🙂