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Keith Sanderson's Dry Fire Training

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Post by knightimac 8/17/2015, 6:54 am


I copied this from an old Shooting USA article written by Keith Sanderson.  You may find it helpful:

1) Holding Drills: Holding drills help

build your position and grip, critically important

to the physical aspect of pistol shooting.

Holding drills help you develop a consistent

natural point of aim by building muscle

memory. Effective holding drills occur when

you dry fire, then hold your follow-through

for 30 to 130 seconds. During this time

your primary goal is to maintain consistency

in your position and grip. Your sight alignment

and the feel of your hand indicates your

grip consistency. Your sight picture indicates

your position consistency. It is helpful, if

not completely necessary, to have someone

watch you to ensure that your body remains

in the same position as you become fatigued.

You can also use smaller targets to help you

develop a smaller hold. Here is a holding drill

routine that I use to build my position:

Dry fire on a target, blank face, or a vertical

and horizontal line. Hold your followthrough

for 60 seconds. During that time

keep your sights aligned and pointed at the

same spot. Keep every joint at exactly the

same angle. Don’t allow your position to

change at all as you tire. Hold for 60 seconds

then relax for 120 seconds. Do this six to

eight times, three to five times a week.

2) Eyes Closed: Dry firing with your eyes

closed allows you to work on your trigger

control without visual distractions. For your

trigger control to be truly uninterrupted, it

must be completely independent of sight

alignment and sight picture. Dry firing with

your eyes closed is the best way to work on

your trigger control because it isolates what

you see from what you feel and do. This

exercise also allows you to zero in on your

grip, ensuring that it is absolutely consistent

throughout your shot-process.

3) Blank Target: Dry firing on a blank target

is firing on a light colored background,

and not on an actual target. A white wall is

a great example of a blank target. This exercise

forces you to focus on your sights. Sight

alignment is the primary goal. Make sure

that when you release the trigger there is no

movement in the front sight or its relationship

to the rear sight notch.

4) Reduced Target and Match Target: Dry

firing on a match target is firing on a real target

at the appropriate distance for the event

for which you are training. If you are unable

to train at the full distance, you can use a reduced

target at a reduced distance. Training

on a target allows you work on and perfect

your shot process, fundamentals and sight


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Post by tonyg 8/22/2015, 10:35 am

Hi guys, please view this video for additional Dry fire and Holding drill clarification.


This site will also show links to more Sanderson videos



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