5 Things to Remember Before You Dry Fire

I’ve lived my life without a mistake while running dry fire practice. If you remember these five things before you begin dry fire training, you’ll live without a mistake too.

In this article, you’ll learn how to maintain safety while running your dry fire training practice session. If you prefer a video option, watch Ryan demonstrate his mastery of safety 101. CLICK HERE

“Dry Gun” Means DRY GUN

There are few things worse in life than having a negligent discharge (ND) when you meant to be dry firing in the comfort and safety of your own home. Dry fire practice should always be done only after you’ve double, triple checked that the firearm is - in fact - unloaded. You have to visually and physically check that the gun is dry. Additionally, there should be no ammo around – as in not even in the same room. No loose rounds, no loaded mags…nothing.

The next steps should be engrained into your being. They should ooze from your soul Knowing the five gun-safety rules are key to enjoy a safe range day or dry fire practice.and must be screamed from the mountain tops.

All Guns Are Always Loaded

See how this plays out. You double, triple check and still act as if the gun is loaded. Pretty easy stuff here.

Do Not Point the Muzzle At Anything You Are Not Willing To Destroy

This obviously includes your friends and family, your pets and your own appendages. If you don’t like your TV, by all means, go ahead and blow that 65-incher away. No, don’t really do that.

Do Not Put Your Finger on the Trigger Until Your Sights Are on the Target and You are Willing to Shoot

Even in dry-fire practice we must maintain the control of that trigger press. Don’t forget. Stay focused, 100% at all times. If you’re interrupted in any way – STOP. Reset and review safety before you continue.

Be Sure of Your Target and Backstop

So, you want replace that 65-inch TV and get an 80-inch, fine. However, you may adore what is on the other side of that wall. Make sure you know what is out there before engaging the target. ‘Why’, you ask? ‘You’re dry’, you say? Go back to the top and start over.

Yes, these are the basics of firearms safety and should be remembered even when the gun is empty. However, when we get lax in the practice of them that accidents can happen. Remember these and your dry-fire practice will be smooth. ~ KJ

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Kevin Jarnagin
Kevin Jarnagin (KJ) hails from Oklahoma but quickly established Louisiana roots after joining the Gun Talk team. KJ grew up as a big game hunter and often finds himself in a bass boat. Whether it’s making his way to British Columbia for elk or training with pistols, Jarnagin always seems to find a gun in his hands and adventure on his mind.