View Full Version : Eyes Shut Dry-Fire Technique

01-22-2010, 12:26 PM
If you're a prepper who includes firearms as part of your preparations, but can't afford to shoot as much as you'd like, you're going to love this training tip!

It should go without saying that you should follow all of the rules of safe dry-fire training, but, unfortunately, I have to say them, just in case:

1. Make sure to get proper training from a qualified firearms instructor...even before dry firing.

2. Always double check that your firearm is unloaded. this should include both a visible confirmation and a physical confirmation (with a finger.) If you are training with more than one person, every person should AT LEAST double check the firearm.

3. Make sure that you do not have any life ammo in the room where you are practicing your dry-fire drills.

4. Make sure of your backstop...don't dry-fire towards a room with people in it. Don't dry-fire towards a neighbor's house. Don't dry-fire towards a big screen TV.

5. If you have them, use dummy training rounds.

6. Even better, if you have it, use a replica, trainer, or airsoft firearm that matches your real firearm.

OK...now on to the training exercise.

Basically, the goal is create muscle memory so that you automatically aim your firearm at your target as you are presenting it from a holster or ready position.

This techinque works with any firearm and is amazingly simple to do:

1. Holster your firearm or put it in a ready position.
2. Pick out a spot on a wall/bookshelf/etc. across the room or 10-20 feet away if you're outside.
3. Shut your eyes. <<This is the key!
4. Present your firearm and aim at the spot while keeping your eyes closed.
5. Open your eyes.
6. Correct your aim, paying attention to how it feels.
7. Repeat.

Practice this technique aiming at targets directly in front of you, at angles, with both one and two hands, and with both your dominant and secondary hand. (Don't call it "weak")

By doing this technique, you'll quickly see what a difference your grip has on your natural point of aim. To improve your consistancy, try to concentrate on using the exact same grip every time you present your firearm.

This is one of my favorite dry-fire techniques. Let me know how it works for you by posting your question or comments below.

01-24-2010, 10:17 AM
This is an excellent drill! Initially, my aim was consistently low, for 2-hand, dominant and secondary hands. Dominant hand was low to the right, secondary hand was low to the left, 2-hand was low of center target. It took a bit for me to adjust. For a while, I would aim and then had to consciously raise my point of aim before opening my eyes. After a while, I was able to draw and aim in one motion with a decent bead on the target (need more training on this). This is great drill that I intend to practice regularly. It should help train muscle-memory, for situations when seconds count. Thanks for sharing this.


01-30-2010, 08:54 PM
It sounds like a good technique and I plan to try it out. One suggestion, though. Once you get to the point where you are pointing where you intend consistently, I would add another step - take the shot. I know this adds risk in dry-firing and perhaps we could include a step in the preparation for practice process, after double checking for an empty chamber, to point the firearm at a matress (hope you don't have a waterbed!) or something similar and pull the trigger to make triple sure it's emply. The reason is this - muscle memory includes not only what you do but also what you don't do. If you practice over and over again drawing, presenting the weapon and then holding short without taking the shot, what are you going to do under life or death stress? For example, if you want to dry-fire practice multiple shots with a Glock, you have to manually cycle the slide between each shot, since Glock triggers will not reset without it. I have read accounts of investigations of police shootings, which have sometimes found live rounds from the officers gun (a Glock) on the ground where he stood, in the same quantity as the rounds he actually fired. It turns out the officer was duplicating his dry-fire practice and had no memory of having done it in the real situation. Just a thought.

10-02-2010, 03:38 PM
This is a very good drill to do [B][I]in addition to[B][I] firing from different positions

Bill M
12-10-2010, 01:55 PM
The grips are very important on a handgun you will use in an instinctive or point shooting training method. When you grip the weapon with your index finger extended in your most natural grip, the index finger should be parallel to the barrel. If it points up, you will shoot low . If it points down , you will shoot high. You have an instinctive ability to point your index finger directly at an object. It's hardwired into the cortex of our brain.
If you have to change the grips on your handgun to achieve this result, it is money well spent.

Randy Bragg
01-25-2011, 09:43 AM
Here are two tricks my gun instructor used on me back in the Dark Ages. Helps a noobie stop flinching. Both techniques include an element of surprise and clearly demonstrate that flinching reflex.

1) Can do anywhere. Clear the breach. Remove the magazine if an auto, clear the cylinder if a revolver. Return the sidearm to the student. De-**** the hammer. Stand facing, in front of the student and slightly to the side. Instruct them to take a shooting stance and slowly squeeze the trigger. Give them a second and then smack the barrel end with your open palm with slight upward force to simulate a live-fire. Repeat a couple of times and then move like you are going to smack the barrel but let your palm miss by a few inches. Watch for that "flinch" and point it out to the student. It doesn't take long for them to understand that "automatic reflex" and overcome it.

2) Only at a supervised range. Clear the magazine or cylinder. Have the student turn away while you chamber a round or simulate the sounds without a live round. Return the weapon and allow them to take a stance and fire down range. Vary the routine a couple of times to demonstrate if they flinch when the hammer falls on an empty breach.