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Ben says DryFire is boring

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How to keep it fresh

Not really, but I do hear that complaint quite a lot. I even hear it from good shooters. One of these complainers (Full Timmy) asked me to write about how to make dryfire a bit less boring, so here are a few ideas.

1. Challenge yourself

You should set goals for yourself every session. Reload at X time or Draw at X time. You can have goals about moving a certain distance in some time. It doesn't really matter. The important thing is setting a goal that is just out of your reach and then working like hell to make it happen. If you dryfire just going through the motions then you are going to get bored and go back to the couch in a hurry.

2. Try different techniques/props

If you are bored maybe you should work on the stuff you don't work on that much. You can work on going prone. You can work on low ports. You can practice weak handed. Dryfire gives you an opportunity to work on pretty much whatever you want. Don't waste the opportunity.

3. Listen to music/podcasts

It is acceptable to listen to music or podcasts or something like that while you practice. It is probably best to be "all there" when you are training and be 100% focused on training, but if the choice is listening to a podcast while you do it vs not doing it at all then do what you need to do.

If you are bored maybe you should work on the stuff you don't work on that much. You can work on going prone. You can work on low ports. You can practice weak handed. Dryfire gives you an opportunity to work on pretty much whatever you want. Don't waste it.


Ben Stoeger


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