Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Winter Dry Fire

For the past 3 weeks I've been dry-fire practicing almost every day.  In the past few years I've dry fired maybe once a week.  But that's probably overstating things.  During the Spring, Summer, and Fall I will have a live-fire practice once a week and a match almost every Saturday (IDPA, USPSA, or Steel), so I haven't felt the need to do a lot of dry firing at home.  I'm not sure if that was the best. I've noticed significant improvements in my reloads and gun handling over the past few weeks.  I think this is what I need to move to the next level. I'm only doing 15-30 minutes a day, but it really seems to be helping.

I met my competitive shooting goals in 2012—Master in IDPA SSP and A Class in USPSA Production (by the skin of my teeth in December).  My goals for 2013 require more finesse.  I'd like to classify or get bumped to Master in both ESP and CDP in IDPA.  But more significantly, I plan to make Master in USPSA Production division by the end of the year.  That will require some consistent gun-handling skills, improvements in my accuracy, and a mastering of the mental game, particularly stage planning and execution.  I'm hoping that regular, but short dry-fire practice sessions every week will help get me over the hump.

Last night I got Ben Stoeger's new book on dry-fire practice.  This is a very reasonable, common-sense approach to dry-fire practice.  I liked the intro section.  It doesn't encourage OCD log keeping.  I don't need another set of numbers to crunch. Live-fire drills give me enough of that.

Their comments about "honesty" are spot on, too. Dry-firing is not so you can show off your numbers on the interwebs or post videos of you hosing your little targets in the basement with make-believe bullets.  It's about developing your skills for matches.  There are a lot of drills in the book. That's nice. I've been using full-sized targets in the past.  I need to get some of those little 1/3 scale targets so I can do the more complex stages in my basement.


  1. CED makes 2/3 scale airsoft targets. Buy them at CED or Dawson. If you want 1/3rd scale then you can print them yourself.

  2. I've got 50 of the 2/3 targets and I found some PDFs of USPSA targets to print off. Got them all around my basement! Thanks!