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Gear for continuing your training OFF of the range.

Eric Loden

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Gear for continuing your training OFF of the range.
Attending events, courses, and seminars are only a few ways of continuing your education. We at ADAPT always stress the point that whether you attend an 8 hour Nevada Concealed Weapon Course with us, or enroll in our 40 hour Pistol 101 program that you are only receiving "education" and not training, we define "training" as what you choose to do with that knowledge once you leave the classroom or the range.
Training is on-going, it is a routine, a practice, a regiment, a habit... whatever you choose to call it, it never ends. Every skill you learn on the range will diminish over time without constant and consistent practice. 
If are are fortunate enough to have a range in your backyard and an endless ammunition supply then perhaps 90% of your training can be done actually putting rounds downrange.
However for the most of us, we need to supplement our live fire with dry practice, perhaps it even makes up the majority of our training perhaps even as high as 98% Dry to only 2% live fire.
Dry practice should be done both on and off the range, and can help you with almost all of the skills you need to be proficient with firearms. We often state that the only reason you need rounds in your weapon are for a very small set of skills and that everything else can be done without ammunition. Some of the reasons that you may need to actually fire are:

  • Recoil management (effectively controlling the recoil to achieve appropriate and accurate subsequent shots)
  • Confidence building (getting used to the bang and flash)(especially for new shooters dealing with anticipation)
  • Honest evaluation (diagnosing your target shot patterns to evaluate your speed and accuracy with whatever skill set you are using.) Target Diagnostic Handout

and last and certainly least important is....

  • Self gratification (making pretty holes, loud noises, or blowing things up for the fun of it)

What are some of the skills you can accomplish with dry practice?


In order to get started with your Dry Practice safely you should have a sequence of safety protocols in place, such as:

  • Have a designated area
  • Unload and chamber check your weapon
  • Place all real ammunition aside (preferably in a different room)(Remember to check your pockets so no real ammo gets cycled into use
  • Place your target in a safe downrange direction


To download a Dry Practice Safety reminder and Target click here.



Some of the items you might consider purchasing to perform Dry Practice safely are :


Buying these items will increase your ability to simulate but most of them are not necessary for safety. If followed stringently utilizing proper safety procedures as part of your Dry Practice habit can prevent negligent discharges, or any potential for injury to yourself or others.


As an example of procedure over purchase and innovation over inventory, instead of a training barrel you can use a piece of cordage to serve as a indicator and obstruction down the barrel of a weapon and out the magazine well. This would prohibit the loading of a magazine, and the subsequent chambering of a round.






There are many other accessories that can be used to aid in your training off of the range such as:



We will be continuing these articles and providing more information on these items, evaluation and reviews on their cost, and functionality as well as their use in training and tactics. Stay tuned. Stay safe. Train hard. ADAPT.

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I know in the picture above that the ribbon is obstructing your sight picture. The ribbon was supposed to be pulled to the side of the ejection port as not to obstruct, additionally if it is simply left hanging out the bottom you can still practice your trigger control as normal as the weapon is no longer out of battery.

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