Nobody wants to hear about the hard work involved with learning to shoot, but that is what is required. Not one person is born with the ability to shoot well. It is a learned behavior. And dry fire is a big part of that.
Dry fire is a great training tool. It improves your fundamentals, everything from grip to trigger control, and refines your body mechanics provided you do it correctly.
The video below shows you the basics of how to start. To keep things in perspective, even when I was shooting 1,000 rounds of live fire each day, I was dry firing for two to three hours per night. It is that important.
It doesn’t have to be boring, you can make your dry practice as engaging as you like. If you are a competitive shooter, a great option is to set up classifier stages. If you are a tactical shooter, you can use magazine pictures. Get real frisky and recreate famous movie scenes,; see if you can learn to shoot them as fast as the Hollywood heroes on film. The sky is the limit.
Dry fire is free, and it’s something you should take advantage of. How about instead of re-watching that episode of Seinfeld you’ve seen 30 times or instead of watching grown-ass men play with a kids’ ball in the National Felons League for three hours this weekend, you spend some time improving your shooting game. No fancy tools are required. About the only thing I buy extra is mini USPSA targets from the Ben Stoeger Pro Shop, and I only have to buy them once.
Are you going to hurt your gun by dry firing it? No, you are not. The only exceptions are some rimfires and cowboy action guns. I did manage to break a lever-action firing pin in one night of practice, but if you shoot that sport you already know the drill. A modern gun, even a 1911, is going to be just fine.
This weekend, I highly recommend you set up a dry fire corner and get after it. You will see your skills improve, I guarantee it.