At the start of 2016, I posted an article about one of the things I was going to try to do to get better at shooting throughout the year, which was attempt to dryfire every day. While I didn’t manage to meet my goal of dryfiring every day, I did certainly dryfire much more often than I had in the past, and it made a difference to my shooting. (I made excuses for myself on some days later in the year, rationalizing not putting in the work. The excuses weren’t valid, and it isn’t like the extra 3 minutes I got instead of practicing ended up being useful to me. One of my goals this year is to not make excuses for not doing the work.)
You should dryfire also. Seriously. You don’t have to grind at it for an hour daily (well, if you are able to you certainly can!) and you don’t always have to put on all your gear to get it done–you can actually perform a good, simple drill that takes less than 3 minutes, doesn’t require you putting on any gear, and WILL make you a better shooter if you do it daily. Sure, if you ARE able to practice in dryfire for an average of an hour a day, you will get SIGNIFICANTLY better. But, if you are like most adults and have other priorities in your life, it doesn’t mean you can’t still get in good practice.
And you can’t argue that you don’t have a free three minutes in any particular day.
To help you make sure you are drilling every single day, here’s a 2017 Dryfire Report Card so that you can track every day that you help make yourself a better shooter. Download it, print it, then put it up somewhere next to where you’ll practice. Every day, color in the box for that day, showing that you at least practiced Drill Zero. My personal goal for 2017 is that every single day I will practice physical pistol skills in some fashion, and I’m going to mark in black days I do Drill Zero, blue the days I do longer dryfire sessions, purple the days I dryfire with guns other than my carry gun or primary competition handgun, red the days I live fire practice, and green the days I test myself either in competitions or in training classes. (Yes, I own a lot of Sharpies. Doesn’t everyone?)
You can mark it differently, of course, but I like tracking how much I do each different kind of work. I didn’t manage to meet my goal in 2016, but I got in a LOT of practice that I probably wouldn’t have otherwise. I’m hoping that this year, I’ll meet my goal.
Awhile back I posted an article on some variations on Drill Zero to give you some other things to try–they still don’t take any more time than the original Drill Zero, but allow you to change things up while still getting in some practice on important things that will make you better at shooting.
For the first two variations, you will need this target: 5_2in_Dots
There are a number of other things you can do in any particular year to make yourself better–take classes, compete, test yourself against known objective measurements of skills–but the one thing that doesn’t take any money and doesn’t require you to go to the range is dryfire.
And you can make yourself a MUCH better shooter just by doing dryfire.
Every day, get a little better. Try it!