Originally Posted by TranterUK
Almost all of us got some formal training at some time. Different instructors often have their own tricks to help us learn, any one got any good ones?
I will get you started with one given to me. Learn not to flinch with a dud cartridge.
Someone loads your gun with one dud and the rest live, only you dont know which one. You then shoot your shots. When you get to the dud, you get to watch the sights dip.
Its really easy with a revolver, just use a fired case, you need a made up dud for an auto so it will cycle in and may work with a rifle if you dont peek.
I've used the "dummy round" trick in many weapons...it's good for identifying flinch, observing trigger pull/follow through, and enforcing immediate action drills.
The trick I want to share is for the 1911, but I reckon it will work in most handguns. My old master gunner used to say, "Dry fire without feedback is like crapping without toilet paper."
Tape a piece of 8"x11" paper to the wall. Draw eight evenly spaced 4mm dots on the paper in 2 rows of 4.
Make sure the 1911 is unloaded!
Cut a #2 pencil to 5" (leave eraser on) and sharpen it to a point. One inch from both ends, tightly wrap 1" masking tape around the pencil until it fits evenly in a 1911 .45 ACP barrel. You want it to move just enough to slide in and out without effort....we used to point our 1911 at the ground to verify the pencil was inside firmly.
Make sure the 1911 is unloaded! Again!
Put the pencil in the barrel. Cock hammer. Keeping the muzzle 1" from the paper, aim at the first dot, squeeze trigger. Repeat in 3 or 5 shot groups on each 4mm dot. (You must re-insert the pencil and cock hammer each shot.)
This drill will display your trigger squeeze/proper grip/follow through/sight picture habits very clearly. The paper will not lie!
Using the paper to read your groups in dry fire will allow you to get tighter groups faster in live fire.