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I was told to improve my trigger pull, to make it smoother, practice pulling the trigger at home with a unload gun, by having a quarter on top and do 50 pulls without the quarter falling off.


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Dry firing is a great way to improve, and adding a coin to the top of the front end of the slide is a great way to gauge your overall performance. But, use a snap cap or a fired casing what has the used primer still in. Practice your stance, get comfy, and practice presentation of your pistol. You want to push forward with you firing hang and pull back toward you with you support hand. The push/pull force and amount of grip pressure you apply to the pistol should, at first make the pistol wiggle. When you have reached that point release the pressure until the pistol stops wiggling. Place the middle meaty portion of the tip of your trigger finger on the trigger, how far up or down you finger is on the trigger is up to you. Squeeze the trigger rearward in a slow and steady motion with increasing pressure. Dont anticipate the shot or jerk the trigger, because this will pull your shot off target, the point is for the click of the hammer or striker is to surprise you. Hope this helps, Happy Shootin, Boomer.
 

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Get one of the those spring loaded grip strengtheners. They usually come in pairs. I keep one in my vehicle and one in my "pit" for when I'm watching TV. It will improve your grip.
 

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I was just practicing holstering/unholstering and getting my sight picture. Try doing any of these exercises with your eyes closed-- whether drawing or not. Choose a target, close your eyes, "sight in" by feel, open them and see how your alignment is.

If anyone thinks this is crazy, let me know. I just like getting that muscle memory working.
 

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Get an airsoft/airgun similar to your real gun. There is no recoil on those so you can do what pistolcompetitor sugests and actually shoot and see where you hit without causing too much damage. They are not loud either so you could shoot indoors with the proper setup.
 

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Get an airsoft/airgun similar to your real gun. There is no recoil on those so you can do what pistolcompetitor sugests and actually shoot and see where you hit without causing too much damage. They are not loud either so you could shoot indoors with the proper setup.
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Get an airsoft gun modeled as closely to your carry gun as possible. Setup some boxes around the house as "targets" so when you shoot the airsoft, the pellets go into the box for easy cleanup/recovery.

Then dry fire, dry fire, dry fire, (snap caps, no snap caps whatever) then dry fire some more
 

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I do a few things.
#1- Dry fire with an empty case standing on end towards the front of the slide.
#2- Hang a target, look where you want to aim, raise your gun up with your eyes closed. When you open your eyes if your not lined up with where you wanted to aim. It is time to adjust your stance.
#3 Since I am just starting to get into matches I am doing a lot of mag changes and holster draws.
 

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I like dry firing also. BUT be careful when practicing this way. Treat it as purely training time and don't incorperate watching TV or talking on the phone or anything else that might distract you from your training. I have a friend who dry fire trains a lot. He would dry fire while watching his favorite shows & has characters that he likes to "shoot". He also has several commercials where he likes to "take out" certain people in them. Well, one morning he was talking on the phone in his den when one of those commercials came on the TV. Without thinking he pulled out his M&P9 and aimed it at the character in the commercial and squeezed the trigger expecting to hear a click. Instead he heard an ear shattering boom. He always carries his gun without a round in the chamber & assumed it was in that condition. He forgot that he had chambered a round the night before when he had heard a noise he needed to investigate. He never cleared his gun & was carrying it loaded when he thought it was unloaded. Add to that the fact that he was distracted on the phone & he had the recipe for disaster. He only blew up his TV set. It could have been much worse. He has trained his mind to shoot characters on TV when he sees them & he has trained his mind to think that his gun is always unloaded. That combination is a dangerous one. Be careful...
 

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I know I'm biased since we sell them but the Next Level Training SIRT pistol is by far the best dryfiring pistol available. We even use it on our laser video based game station.
Have you guys considered selling a dummy barrel that is orange to drop into a Glock for practice purposes that would be designed to allow for dry firing with no chance of unintended discharges? It would be far cheaper than a complete practice pistol & the orange barrel sticking out of the business end of the glock would be an easy to see indicator that the gun is in practice mode. Hey, it's just a thought...
 

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Dummy barrels exist. I have one made by Bladetech IIRC. I rarely use it but it's nice to have in the bag JIC.

Use an empty piece of brass instead of a quarter. Turn it primer side down and balance on the front post. A quarter is heavier and balances more easily. The brass really keeps you honest. I had to demo this drill in front of the everyone in a Ken Hackathorn class this weekend. Talk about nerves .......
 

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Have you guys considered selling a dummy barrel that is orange to drop into a Glock for practice purposes that would be designed to allow for dry firing with no chance of unintended discharges? It would be far cheaper than a complete practice pistol & the orange barrel sticking out of the business end of the glock would be an easy to see indicator that the gun is in practice mode. Hey, it's just a thought...
Its not a bad idea but we really like the NLT SIRT pistol since it shows you visually that you are staying on target, autoresets the trigger, and it 100% safe no question.
 
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