Out of all the steps you have to take in order to fire a perfectly accurate shot, I contend that properly pressing the trigger is the easiest of them all to screw up.
It’s fairly easy to point sights at a target. Keeping those sights from moving off target is less easy, but not particularly difficult. Pressing a trigger with three and a half to twelve pounds of force, without moving your gun at all, is an entirely different matter. That’s difficult to do, and it takes practice. If you have any hope at all of executing this skill while under a little bit of stress, as in a competition, or under a mountain of stress, when fighting for your life, you need to ingrain this skill into your subconscious. It has to become as natural an action as breathing or eating donuts.
Dry-fire practice is an excellent way to improve your trigger control. You can do it thousands of times, for free, in the comfort of your own home. There’s no bang or recoil to make you jump and flinch. You can take your time, focus, and practice slow, deliberate, and perfect trigger presses until you become an expert trigger presser.
Dry fire is so easy, you can do it every day—except hardly anyone does, present company included. Why? It’s totally boring. Yeah, I know, some of you out there practice dry-firing religiously. Thanks for making the rest of us feel guilty and inadequate. The rest of us can benefit from figuring out how to make it more fun. As the great philosopher Captain Jack Sparrow said, “The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem.” He’s right. If we can improve our attitudes about dry-fire practice, we will be more successful.
Good Times With No Ammo
Recently, I found a way to make dry fire not only tolerable, but fun. After an education session at the LaserLyte booth during this year’s National Rifle Association Annual Meeting, the kind folks there sent me a couple of Reaction Tyme Laser Trainer Targets.