Team RANGELOG’s Ravin Perry: Dry-fire lessons from a Jedi Master

3-GUN NATION NEWS

3-GUN NATION NEWS

Dry-fire lessons from a Jedi Master

by Team RANGELOG's Ravin Perry

 

How do I get from where I am to where I want to be?

Why can’t I shoot like Keith Garcia or Daniel Horner?

Why are people less physically fit than me beating me on a stage with lots of movement?

 

All of these questions have one thing in common – a desire for improvement that requires a significant amount of hard work to accomplish. Being at the top of any sport requires a lot of effort, and 3-Gun is no different, so when I made the jump from pistol sports to 3-Gun, I knew I had my work cut out for me.

 

Anytime, Anywhere, Any Target

 

Let’s face it – not all of us are blessed like Jerry Miculek and Taran Butler to have shooting as our primary profession. Rather, most of us in this sport have full-time jobs, social lives and families to balance. So when I decided to become a raging 3-Gunner, I had to find a way of practicing that would fit within the constraints of my schedule. That’s when I learned about dry firing.

 

One of the greatest benefits of dry-fire practice is that you can do it literally anytime and anywhere. Have five minutes before your next meeting? Close your office door and shoot the pictures on your wall. Have 20 seconds in an elevator? Practice your invisible-pistol draw and shoot the buttons. Have 30 minutes of downtime on vacation with your family? Spend some time shooting and moving through your hotel room, safe guns of course.

 
 

Perfect Practice Makes Perfect!


In the beginning, YouTube was my best friend. I watched all the legendary shooters during matches and I then tried to emulate their movements in my practice sessions. In addition to the Internet, a number of books provide great recommendations for dry-fire exercises. Ben Stoeger’s “Skills and Drills,” Mike Seeklander’s “Competition Handgun Training Drills,” and Saul Kirsch’s “Perfect Practice” are some of the best books I have read on the subject. Consider these and other resources to improve your practice session.

 

Keep a log of all your practices and drills so you can track your improvement and those things that still need work. Though a simple notebook will work, I personally use RANGELOG, an online logbook, for live fire, dry fire, maintenance and pretty much everything gun related. Through the RANGELOG app I can store my par times for certain exercises so I have a point of reference when I feel the need to check my progress.

  

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