IFC’s John McLaughlin shares how developing a Dry Practice checklist can help keep you safe while becoming more proficient with a firearm while not firing an actual shot. John’s 8 step checklist is:
- Unload your firearm yourself. Place ammunition in a safe location well away from your dry practice area.
- Use a temporary target like a post-it note with a black square drawn on it, or a sized down target printed out at home. Place it on a wall capable of stopping an inadvertent round/discharge. If this is on the main floor of the house it may be a good idea to close curtains to avoid neighbors calling the police about someone with a firearm.
- Set a reasonable time limit for dry practice. Some people do ten dry presses every morning while others commit to 10-15 minutes each day. If you get tired or interrupted stop your dry practice session.
- Verbally announce to yourself that dry practice has begun.
Perfect practice makes perfect. If you stumble, relax and slowly return your weapon to the holster and try again.
- Verbally announce when dry practice has concluded.
Remove your temporary target.
- Reload as required for your daily carry routine. Remember Dry Practice has concluded.