I’m late to the party with this brief post, but I thought it was worth penning nonetheless.
Despite the fact that I say a prayer with my children every night before bed and also before flying, scuba diving, or climbing on a motorcycle, I consider myself a relatively secular agnostic. My wife, however, is a practicing Catholic. Thus, we observe Lent. This means, of course, that I should have published this post before Ash Wednesday. Alas, tonight will have to do…
The thought occurred to me that since observant folks typically give up something during Lent, and we are in the midst of an unprecedented ammunition supply crisis, Lent this year would represent an excellent opportunity to “give up” live fire and do something extra in the form of 40 days of dry fire. You certainly don’t need to be Catholic or even religious to adopt this strategy, and I guarantee that your shooting ability will benefit. Plus, a little seafood in the diet certainly can’t hurt!
I’m going to give it a go starting tomorrow, and I invite our readers to do the same. I’m personally going to supplement my dry fire with some Turkish Getups with a kettlebell, just because I need the exercise.
I have not shot a live round since September (coinciding with the start of a new role at work). After Easter, I’m going to make it a point to go to the range and see how my ability has fared over the course of the past several months. Hopefully, some dry fire will offset the inevitable degradation. I’m thinking the FBI Qualification will provide a quantifiable standard that I have prior experience with and record of. I’ll report back here.
In the meantime, join me in 40 (or at least 37) days of dry fire. Even if it’s just 25-30 trigger presses per day, that’s nearly a case worth of trigger work and manipulation. Make every trigger press count. You are hard wiring fundamental movements. Your dry fire routine can be as simple or as complex as you desire. I recommend simple to achieve consistency and to make the goal achievable.
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