Tuesday, August 9, 2016

August 9, 2016 -- A Quick Run Around the Web

  • "The Rehearsal." This is practicing the set-up or preparation for shooting. The author focuses on all the things to prepare for shooting at a long-range rifle event. However, this has application to daily carry as well as self-defense. For instance, when beginning into daily carry (or perhaps shifting to a different weapon or method of carry), you may want to have a short list (mental or written) that you use for getting ready so you don't forget something important. Go through this list. More importantly, though, is home defense. Being woken by an alarm or dog barking or crash of glass, you will want to grab certain items or make other preparations before investigating the noise. Run through these preparations. This type of practice or drilling doesn't involve actual "dry fire" of the weapon, but can be important.
  • "Technical and Mechanical Improvement." This is the meat of dry-fire practice, and what most of us would think of when we hear or read the term. The author of the article writes:
The first and foremost conviction necessary to make dry-firing “work” is a commitment to two things: Observation and natural point of aim. By observation I mean close observation of front sight location and movement. No matter what, that’s the “it.” You must learn to connect front sight location at the instant you are aware of the audible “click” of the hammer or striker fall, not just when the trigger breaks. There are a few milliseconds in the interim (lock time). It won’t take long to develop the skill of calling shots with more precision and realism during dry-firing with this as a goal. It’s how a shooter learns to separate what should be and what actually is. If you are perfectly aware of the front sight location on the aiming black at the strike, that by itself may improve follow through because you are “holding on” just a little longer. It’s a small thing, but many small things happen in the time it takes for the round to fire. No matter what your last name, everyone’s gun is moving. It’s here that the shooter learns to watch closely for movement.
He then goes on to note that it is through dry-fire practice that we learn our natural point-of-aim.
  • Finally, "Experimentation." Dry-fire practice is the time to try something new or different in draw, equipment, mounting the weapon, etc.

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