Dry Fire Training Program

Dry Fire Training Program


Originally, there was a "15 Minute Dryfire Program" that I featured on this website. That program was a simple set of drills that took about 15 minutes to complete. That initial drill set spawned a few more. Eventually, I evolved those concepts into a full on book containing more than 40 drill sets that each should take about 15 minutes to complete. I have posted some of the drill sets here so people still have a sensible dryfire option without needing to buy anything. Also, I have lifted some of the exposition from the book "Guaranteed Results in 15 Minutes a Day" to explain a bit about the drills. That content is included below. Many thanks to Jay Hirshberg for helping make that book a reality. 

Equipment Issues
We have kept the equipment needs minimal by design yet there are some necessities:

Space – The more the better. Most of these drills will work just fine with a room that is only 20
feet long.

Targets – This program is designed for use with miniature targets. We have included distances
on the diagrams for full scale targets. If you want to use 1/3rd scale targets or any other scale,
you can convert the distances. You can search the Web and find downloadable targets that you
are comfortable with. Some drills do not include distances. Everyone has a different layout
inside of their home so for these drills we leave it to you to do the best you can.

A Timer- You will need a timer that has a PAR setting on it. It also needs to have a random start
setting so that you can start yourself.

Dummy Rounds – Dummy rounds are designed to add weight to your magazines. This makes a
difference in the way things feel and it is critical to practice the seating of magazines. A dummy
round is simply a round containing no powder and no primer. Again it’s critical that you are sure
these are dummy and not live rounds!

Dedicated dry-fire Magazines – You are going to put your magazines through a great deal of
abuse and it will serve you well to have a dedicated set of magazines for practice purposes. We
understand that for some this may be an expensive proposition but it is also a safety issue so
you don't have the possibility of mixing up magazines. We even have heard of people painting
magazine base pads a different color to avoid any confusion.

Trigger Mechanics – Dry-fire requires improvising the movement of the trigger. Here are some
ideals to consider:

With a Double Action pistol, such as a CZ or a SIG, many prefer to pull the trigger all the way
(double action) for the first shot, and then not let the trigger out far enough for it to reset.
Then for follow-up shots they simply pull the trigger again. This means that you are just
pulling slack on the trigger with no real resistance. We understand this is less than ideal but
one of the challenges we all face.

With a Single Action pistol, such as a 1911/2011, you only get one pull of the trigger. The
rest of the time you press back on an inactive trigger.

With a striker-fired pistol, such as a Glock, you can place a rubber band into the ejection
port of the gun, with the goal of holding the gun slightly out of battery. If you do this
appropriately the trigger will not be able to release the striker, so the trigger will feel a bit
squishy during dry-fire practice.