It’s a well established fact amongst serious shooters that dry-fire practice is critical to improving your shooting skills and building that correct muscle memory. You can practice all of your fundamentals including draw, reloading and malfunctions without having to go to the range or spend money on ammo. It must be said once, but before you begin a dry-fire practice session you must CLEAR THE WEAPON SAFELY and put all live ammunition away, in a separate room ideally. People may scoff at this but even the most experienced shooters can get complacent and make mistakes, so its best to just practice good habits all the time, every time.

I have been using a cool system called the ReactionTyme from LaserLyte for my dry fire practice for a couple of years. It uses a laser-emitting cartridge that is sized for specific chambers, and a laser-sensing reactive target that will give you audible and visible feedback when you shoot it. The Targets use 3 x AAA batteries, and the laser cartridge uses 3 x 377 batteries. You simply drop the laser cartridge into the empty chamber of your unloaded firearm, turn the ReactionTyme target to “on” and you can begin dry fire practice. Every time you hit the target with the laser, it beeps and blinks twice. You can also set the target to “rt” mode, and it will randomly turn on and be reactive for just a few seconds, before turning off again. The “on” mode is good for practice, the “rt” mode is good for running drills and pushing your reaction and speed.

There are several reasons to spend your hard-earned money on this system. The added value comes in the form of making your dry-fire regimen both more fun and more effective, and you can use this system with any of your own personal guns, you don’t have to use a fake trainer pistol.

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