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    Plinker

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    Best at-home tips

    What are some of the best ways to practice at home without firing?

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    Grandmaster Sigblitz's Avatar

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    One exercise is dry firing without the gun moving. This will translate into more accurate shot placement.

    Edit: Not every pistol is ok to dry fire. If not, use snap caps. Most centerfire pistols can. Some can't, such as the CZ52. The firing pin stops on a shoulder in the middle of the firing pin and will snap at the shoulder after so long. Rim fire 22's can not be dry fired. The firing pin will hit the steel breech face.
    Last edited by Sigblitz; 4 Weeks Ago at 12:39.
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    Plinker

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    I used a G-Sight bore laser to do 'dry fire'. I shoot at a paper target at up to 10 yards indoors with my Android phone running the app to record my hits. I also used the Itarget app as it will compute a score too. After a few weeks of almost daily dry firing (about 100 shots a session), my live fire improved greatly. The laser was about $40, there are a half dozen makers of similar if not identical lasers. I was using it in my Browning 1911-380, you can use it in a striker fired gun, you will just have to rack the slide for each shot. The ejector does not have anything to grab on to so the laser stays in the chamber. Use a pencil when done to push it back out of the chamber.

    The laser was bright enough for me to see the momentary flash on the paper with indoor lights on. I have shot mine about 6,000 times with the laser in the last two years.

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    Place an upright cartridge on the end of your slide - fire without filching and dropping the cartridge.

    Set up a target on the wall, draw, move, fire. Practice "getting off the X". Practice drawing from you're every day carry setup (i.e. under a shirt if you CC).

    Practice tactical reloads.


    If you're concerned about your firing pin, get some snap caps.



    Oh, if you're going to be rechambering carry loads, (A) get a bucket of sand & (B) rotate cartridges to prevent bullet setback.
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    Plinker

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    Quote Originally Posted by JettaKnight View Post
    Place an upright cartridge on the end of your slide - fire without filching and dropping the cartridge.

    Set up a target on the wall, draw, move, fire. Practice "getting off the X". Practice drawing from you're every day carry setup (i.e. under a shirt if you CC).

    Practice tactical reloads.


    If you're concerned about your firing pin, get some snap caps.



    Oh, if you're going to be rechambering carry loads, (A) get a bucket of sand & (B) rotate cartridges to prevent bullet setback.
    That’s really good. Thank you!

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    Grandmaster 88E30M50's Avatar

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    The LaserLyte training cartridges are very handy. When you pull the trigger and get a streak of light instead of a spot of light, you know that you have to work on your trigger control. When you can consistently get just a brief spot of light, you are getting to the point of pulling the trigger without moving the gun.
    ‘88 (aka ‘88, the mad scientist)

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    Grandmaster nakinate's Avatar

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    Dry practice is a great way to improve your gun handling skills as well. Practice your draw and reloads. It will help tremendously at the range.

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    Plinker

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    Quote Originally Posted by 88E30M50 View Post
    The LaserLyte training cartridges are very handy. When you pull the trigger and get a streak of light instead of a spot of light, you know that you have to work on your trigger control. When you can consistently get just a brief spot of light, you are getting to the point of pulling the trigger without moving the gun.
    That sounds really nice actually. Where can you get them?

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    Master Twangbanger's Avatar

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    There is a thing on the end of your gun which accomplishes the same purpose of the laser.

    And, you can leave it on the gun during live fire.




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    Grandmaster 88E30M50's Avatar

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    Quote Originally Posted by tcause17 View Post
    That sounds really nice actually. Where can you get them?
    I think Amazon carries them now. When I bought mine, I think I bought from the LaserLyte website directly.
    ‘88 (aka ‘88, the mad scientist)

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