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Dry firing, there are two camps on whether or not dry firing can or cannot do damage to a firearm. I lean to the side that says damage can be done to the internal workings of a firearm. I am not going to chance doing damage to any of my investments, and that is exactly what firearms are, investments. The firing pins in firearms are designed to to strike the primers of the ammunition being used in the chamber. If there is nothing for the firing pin to strike it can over extend, it was not designed to take that kind of punishment from the viewpoint of my camp.

There is a solution to this dilemma though, the solution is called snap-caps. Snap caps are nothing more than artificial, or ‘fake’ bullets. They do not fire, they do not make noise, they come in most common caliber sizes, usually 5 or 6 to a pack, and can be used over and over again, they are of a color that can not be confused with real bullets so you can tell immediately that they are not real ammunition. They can be manually functioned through semi-auto’s and are easily used in revolvers. They are specifically designed to give the firing pin something to strike to avoid any possible damage to the firearm. Whom ever invented snap-caps must be in my camp on this issue. Remember that when you practice dry firing in the home, NEVER have any live ammo in the same room.

Why would you want to dry fire you might ask? Dry firing is a tool to practice the mechanics/fundamentals of shooting, mainly at home, prior to going to a range, without putting holes in your walls. The idea is that by practicing the ‘elements’ of shooting while dry firing you will produce better results on targets when you actually shoot at the range. The ‘elements’ that we strive to become proficient with are, 1. Concentration, we can not shoot well if our minds are wandering, we must stay focused. 2. Breath Control, we must know how to regulate our breathing so that we are not all over the target, this takes additional coaching and practice, as does every aspect of shooting. 3. Good Positioning, whether this will be standing, kneeling, sitting, or prone, you will need to find what is most comfortable and effective for you in each position, and practice it, muscle memory will develop over time. 4. Proper Grip, again, this can simply mean what is most comfortable and effective for you, depending on the size of your hands, the length of your arms, the type of firearm, be it handgun, rifle or shotgun. How to ‘mount’ a rifle or shotgun to your shoulder consistently for consistent results, these are all consideration’s to be looked at and figured out. 5. Proper Trigger Squeeze, learning where best to place your finger on the trigger, learning not to ‘slap’ the trigger, your trigger ‘work’ along with every other element of shooting will begin to blend together becoming ‘second nature’ eventually. They all boil down to this, the holy grail,# 6. Proper Sight Alignment, without every other element coming together correctly, your target will not look as good as it would when everything does come together correctly. The main theme throughout the entire breakdown of these mechanics/fundamentals of shooting is simply this, practice, practice, practice, and some more practice.

Dry firing does not prepare you for muzzle blast or felt recoil. Expolsions a few inches in front of our face is not a natural thing, it may cause us to flinch, recoil may hurt slightly which may cause us to anticipate recoil which also causes us to flinch, we must learn to ignore these , it can be tough to do, especially for larger calibers. I recommend you start with a .22 cal. if you are new to firearms.  With proper coaching you will learn to ‘work’ through these shooting distractions. As your skills improve, the satisfaction that you receive will be reflected in the scores you produce on your targets. Dry firing is an aid in developing all these aspects of shooting. These skills do not come over night, but they will come and become second nature.

Remember, {Firearm Education Will Save Lives, Firearm Ignorance Can Take Lives}. Ignorance of History could cost us our freedoms.

Mark Shean,  Knowledge through Experience

Former NRA Law Enforcement Firearm Instructor,

Reviews  Towns Served   Gun Sense #44, KSG 12ga. Shotgun Demonstration  written 7-12-2009

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