Breaking News Affecting Our Nation's Gun Freedoms and Rights

Shooting Tips – Dry Fire Practice With Lasers – Part III

Dry Fire with Lasers Part 3

In Part II of Dry Fire Practice With Lasers, I focused on the following:

  • Acceptable Sight Picture Drills

Let’s move forward now to some more-advanced laser drills.

Refined trigger press – Dry Practice Drill

Once a shooter has identified (and hopefully improved) how well they are able to hold or keep the gun aimed on the desired target area — and they understand what an “acceptable sight picture” is, the next obstacle is to determine if they have the ability to press the trigger without moving the gun out of the intended target area.

To practice this technique, try my “Refined Trigger Press” (RTP) dry practice drill. 

Laser Target 1

Figure 1

RTP DRy PRACTICE Drill – Part I:

  • Place Laser Target 1 (with C-Zone side of the dry practice target facing you, above photo), at your desired distance.
  • Make sure the laser and sights are zeroed for this distance.
  • Aim the [unloaded] gun in the center of the C-Zone using the laser.
  • While watching the laser, start pressing the trigger.
  • Watch the dot closely as you press the trigger. 

Does the act of pressing the trigger move the dot outside of the C-Zone? If it does, then while you are pressing the trigger, you are also moving the gun.

Ideally when you press the trigger, you do NOT also move, push, pull, jerk the gun out of the intended scoring zone.

You must learn to isolate the trigger finger so that the act of pressing the trigger does NOT move the gun out of the intended scoring zone. Repeat this drill until you see a noticeable improvement in the movement of the “dot”. 

Once you have mastered the C-Zone, repeat and master the RTP Dry Practice Drill on:

  • The body A-Zone (Laser Target 2)
  • The entire, head (Laser Target 2)
  • The A-Zone head (Laser Target 1)
  • Finally the black 1-inch square 

Once you have mastered each of the above zones, move back from the target, re-zero the laser for the new distance and start all over with the C-Zone, eventually going through each of the zones.

You can gradually increase the difficulty at one distance by reducing the target size, and then increase the difficulty again by increasing the distance. 

Laser Target 2

Figure 2

Ultimately you are trying to find the difficulty that is difficult for YOU and learn to master that.

Continue to experiment at different distances to see how well you can press the trigger while keeping the gun aimed in the desired scoring zone.

Instant trigger press – Dry Practice Drill

Once you have mastered the refined trigger press (RTP), you cannot stop there. That type of trigger press is rarely ever used, but it’s a great starting point for you to learn what is happening to the gun as you are moving the trigger.

If you want to shoot fast, some shots require that you develop the ability to instantly move the trigger from its at-rest position all the way to the rear position to fire the gun. 

Try my “Instant Trigger Press” (ITP) dry practice drills to hone this skill.

ITP DRY PRACTICE DRILL – PART I:

  • Place Laser Target I (with the C- Zone side of the dry practice target facing you), at your desired distance.
  • Aim the gun in the center of the C-Zone using the laser.
  • While watching the laser, press the trigger as quickly as you can.
  • Watch the dot closely as you move the trigger.

Does the act of moving the trigger quickly move the dot outside of the C-Zone? If it does, it’s because you are also moving the gun. Ideally when you press the trigger you should not also move the gun out of the intended scoring zone, regardless of the pace you pull the trigger.

You may have to practice this drill hundreds of times before the movement diminishes on a consistent basis. 

When you can easily pull the trigger quickly without moving the gun, move on to ITP Part II dry practice drill.

Once you have mastered the Instant Trigger Press in the C-Zone, repeat and master the ITP Dry Practice Drill on:

  • The body A-Zone (Laser Target 2)
  • The entire, head (Laser Target 2)
  • The A-Zone head (Laser Target 1)
  • Finally the black 1-inch square 

Once you have mastered each of the above zones, move back from the target, re-zero the laser for the new distance and start all over with the C-Zone, eventually going through each of the above zones.

Continue to experiment at different distances to see how well you can quickly move the trigger while keeping the gun aimed in the desired scoring zone. It’s not as easy as it may seem, so I recommend practicing these drills on a regular basis. 

Source: Springfield Armory

Leave A Reply