January 26, 2021

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Here is a week’s worth of training done by Ben, one of our writers. I wanted to show what he’s accomplished at home simply by doing Dry Firing movements daily over a course of months. He is committed to a daily dry fire schedule and has learned to be much more efficient. He’s learned for himself what matters in shooting, what he can get away with, and much more than he thought he knew through his dedication to dryfiring daily. Here are some vids that give a good look at his progression.

This is not my drill, I recently learned about it from @joel.park_ on the “Explaining Practical Shooting,” YouTube channel. All you need is a gun and some sort of random start signal. Have added it to my practice and like it much more than the traditional practice of unrealistically slow trigger presses.

Looking to make weak hand only shooting a strength. Makes a lot more sense to practice this for free than throw rounds away trying to learn the same thing at the range.

One of the best things about social media is there are so many awesome shooters that post up videos of their live and dry fire. I was watching @wreck_it_luke dry fire video the other day and was again reminded of how explosive a lot of what he does is. I compared it to similar videos I have and realized how much slower, almost lazy, some things looked on my end. So I tried applying some aggression to my draw, dropped my time on the 3R3 from 4.0-3.6 in just one session because I wasn’t wasting so much time on the draw and everything else I did followed suit. That’s pretty cool, thanks Luke. 

Dry fire is fun, I don’t understand why more people don’t do it. Finally figured out the problem with my consistency for reloads, wouldn’t have figured this out without dry fire. Didn’t have to make time to drive to the range or spend money on ammo to do it either. If you want to get better at shooting all you need is some focused dry fire. Also helps to have people you can send videos of your dry fire to for advice, but the importance is consistent and dedicated practice. Thanks to all my mentors who continue to help me along the way.

Did a bunch of drills and decided to end with something a little different. Three different target arrays and trying not to run the same path twice, was a lot of fun and video helps me see I wasn’t as fast as I felt. Had all the fun though and can see how much faster my comfort speed is now compared to the beginning of this year. Just gotta keep pushing and learning.

I got a bonus dry fire practice in this evening and it was amazing. I also messed up a lot, you can see it right from the start but you know what? I don’t care, dry fire isn’t supposed to go perfect. That’s the whole point, you’re supposed to push yourself and mess up because you can’t progress in something if you don’t push limits and build new levels of skill. I think one of the biggest things that keeps people from practice is they think they’ll look funny or be embarrassed. No one cares if you fail, but you’re never going to get anywhere sitting back and watching the world go by. If you don’t know what to dryfire message me, comment. If you don’t know what guns or gear you need ask. If you don’t know who can teach you ask and I’ll point you to great people that travel all over the US or teach remotely. I’ll even help you for free remotely, I just want people that want to get better to make that leap and start working on processing. Don’t worry about not being at anyone else’s speed or shooting level, or only having a cheap stock gun instead of some fancy Gucci beauty, I get beat a lot by dudes shooting stock guns simply because they’ve put more time and effort in than I have. If you want to get better there is no better time to start than now.  

Felt quick getting close to 2.30 on 2R2 this morning. Opened up IG to see @timherronshooting do it with live ammo in 2 flat. Always awesome to see what GM’s are capable of, and realizing all it takes to get there is work and learning from the right people. No magic, no innate ability, they just put in the time and learning and worked their way to where they are.

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