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Firearms Training: Dry Fire Practice | Student of the Gun Homeroom

And welcome back to Student of the Gun
Homeroom and today we’re going to talk about dry fire or snapping in. Now what
is dry fire, or dry practice? Well it’s quite simply, shooting your gun without
ammunition or learning to manipulate the firearm without live ammo. Now I learned
how to do this many, many moons ago when I was a young private on Parris Island.
We went to the rifle range and we actually spent an entire week, what they
called grass week, and that is snapping in and some people said, well they just
do that to save ammo, because they don’t have enough ammunition to feed you or
they do that just as a time killer. Well actually both of those are incorrect, yes
it does save them money and yes it gives you something to do, but really the
whole point is if you’re watching the video, you can see I’ve got a training
pistol in my hand right here, if you’re just listening on the podcast imagine
Paul with a training pistol in his hand. Okay a firearm, whether it’s a handgun or
a rifle or even a shotgun, is simply a mechanical tool. It has a whole bunch of
moving parts and you need to learn to master that tool, you need to learn to
make it work and make it work correctly. You don’t need live ammunition to figure
out how to work the trigger, to rack the slide, to work the bolt, whatever you’ve
got going on that piece of machinery, you don’t need live ammunition to do that.
You can do it without live ammunition Now once you’ve mastered that, once
you’ve learned how to make the Machine run, you add live ammunition and that
completes the equation and a lot of it, there’s trainers today that that don’t
do dry fire and they don’t like dry fire because they say it teaches people bad
habits. They just snap the trigger, or they jerk the gun, or what have you and
that can be true and I’ll tell you exactly why that is. Because your
shooters don’t have any freaking mental discipline in their bodies and what they
do is they pick up their guns and then just go,
click click click click click click click click click, and all they’re doing
is snapping the trigger. Okay, I’ve got that but that’s not the fault of the
method, okay the method is not at fault or the dry fire technique is not flawed.
Because your student doesn’t have the mental discipline to do it correctly. So
keep that in mind before you knock off a method of training, because it doesn’t
work and it teaches my shooters bad habits, you might want to consider the
fact that the reason it doesn’t work is because your shooters are a bunch of
lazy slugs, that could be the problem. Now once you learn how to dry fire, how to
snap in, how to dry practice with your gun, what you need to do is you need to
consider that you need to operate the firearm, you need to do it exactly as if
it was going to go bang, exactly if you were trying to launch a bullet into the
bullseye of your target. If you can do that, if you can discipline yourself
enough to manipulate the gun without actually having it jump all around, then
you can get a lot from dry practice. The other problem we have with dry practice
or dry fire is a lot of people, students and instructors alike, have this
misconception that dry fire is for beginners. You know once a shooter has
demonstrated that they can safely handle a firearm without shooting themselves or
someone else, okay then we don’t need a dry fire anymore. They think ,well dry
fire you do first and then once you know that they’re not going to kill
themselves you give them ammo and you drive on. You don’t do it anymore that’s
exactly the opposite of correct, okay I’m not going to tell you you’re wrong, but
that’s the opposite of correct. Dry fire is actually for professionals. If you
talk to people who make their living shooting guns, make their living with a
firearm in their hands, whether they’re Special Forces operators, whether they’re
race car drivers like Todd Jarrett and or Max Michelle, some of the people that
actually make a living shooting a gun. Talk to those guys and they’ll tell you.
I talked to both Max and Todd Jarrett and ask them about dry fire and both of
them told me when they decided, hey I’m going to dedicate myself to being a
professional shooter, this is how I’m going to make my living and feed my kids,
this is how I’m going to do it. They started a regimen of one to two,
sometimes three hours a day, five to six days a week of
dry fire practice. Not for the first six months, but for the first five years, six
years, seven years ten years. Todd Jarrett told me that he was doing two hours a
day five days a week for 10 years when he started becoming a professional
shooter, okay. So if the professionals think it’s a good technique, then all of
you beginners might want to consider this probably a good technique as well,
because what are you doing? You’re learning to master the machine and once
you press the trigger of the seer releases and smacks the primer,
everything else is on autopilot. It’s up to you to do everything right up to that
point in time. Yes, I understand that dry fire doesn’t teach you recoil management
and so forth, but the fact of the matter is, if you have a solid foundation, once you
get that ammunition you can go ahead and drive on and reach the next level. Also
keep in mind you can’t always go to the live fire range. Now some of us live in areas
where we can walk out our back door and shoot every single day if we want to,
those people are few and far between. Most of us actually have to get into a
car drive to a range, you know, block out that time to do the live fire and the
fact that matter is not everybody here is a paid shooter. Oh yeah, some people
have to do other things and even old Paul Markel who does Student of the Gun,
I can’t get to the range every single day because most time I’m at the
computer typing and coming up with thoughts and ideas believe it or not.
So dry practice is an excellent way to maintain your skill, because shooting is
what? It is a perishable skill, if you don’t practice it, you will lose it. All
right, so dry practice it’s not just for pros, it’s for beginners. Now if you can’t
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