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How to practice slow fire strings at home?

Discussion in 'Competition Shooting' started by Matt1911, Apr 1, 2003.

  1. Matt1911

    Matt1911 Member

    Jan 7, 2003
    Ok,i ordered up a follower,a timer,and have been practicing positions,and getting in and out of the sling(thats gonna take some practice!).
    How can i practice loading for the slow fire, of course live ammo is out.
    Should i order up some snap caps,or will that harm the rifle?
    There just no possible way i can get to the range enough,so any suggestions?
  2. Jon Coppenbarger

    Jon Coppenbarger Participating Member

    Dec 25, 2002
    since you are using a ar15 a2 you really do not have to worry about dry fireing as I do not know anyone who uses snap caps in them.

    a very small % of folks use a single shot follower and I know steve used to but I think he stopped using it but he can answer that.

    I do know that steve likes to use the device that lets you barely pull the bolt back to recock the rifle but I do not use it.

    I do not really practice putting a round in the port when I dry fire but just work on the position, shot, follow threw and everything else that goes with the shot.

    in plain words I just cock it, hit the bolt release and set up my shot and fire.

    I hoped you liked the clinic I believe it was last weekend I think.

    actually I am attending one this coming weekend as a student at the nra's whittington center with a match there on sunday also.

    I know at least one other master attending the clinic also. it is always good to have someone go over your positions to corect anything you might not notice you are doing.

    for a beginner just take it slow and pratice positions and your npa and trigger control.
    like steves photo's are great and I also go to alot of sites and look a photo's of the matches and look to see what the great shooters are doing, the florida highpower site and the amu web site are both very good for photo's also.
    if you are in the positions like the photo's of very good shooters you will cut alot of practice time getting to where you want to be.
    you will see that those positions are very repeatible, comfy and correct. watch every thing like arm position , head position, and every position of the arms and legs as it took most folks many years to get those down and with the internet now you have a source to copy from with out all those years of training.

    and remember these words about dry fireing.
    #1 I dry fire about 4 shots for everyone 1 put down range at least.

    #2 be honest with your self on your dry fireing practice.

    #3 try to dry fire at a object about 100 yards out or so if you can as it will really tell you about your hold and position.

    #4 if any position is tense and not repeatible correct it untill it is comfy and you can do it most every time. ( put it this way if you plop down in your easy chair and relax I bet you could do that every time) think of your positions that way because if you can get into that relaxed comfy position every time then all you have to check is your npa and the shot.

    #5 never , ever give up on a shot. if its not right do NOT pull the trigger untill its right. the hardest thing for anyone either a beginner or master is not to pull the trigger just because its close as we all have those dang why did I do that. we all have that.

    #6 its good to practice all week before a match but not the day before as you should relax and not shoot that day if you can. as you will be fresh on match day.

    $7 pratice as you would for a match put all of you equipment on (glasses ,ect.) and try to stretch out and get the kinks out before the match. if I shoot a match close to home I do a few stretching exersizes and maybe about 10 dryfires with my off hand before I go and even in a motel room also. it just gets you relaxed and gets your body ready and helps your mind focus on the task at hand.

    I will shut up now as I can go on for hours about this.
    good luck and we will try to get more photo's up next week.
    thanks jc121
  3. Matt1911

    Matt1911 Member

    Jan 7, 2003
    Thanks,i was unaware you could safely dry fire a ar15,and never thought to ask.
    No follower,aye?Once again i assumed.....Is it used just for the "special" heavy long distance loads?
    The clinic was great. I had a "coach" for the whole day,and it really,really helped!NPA was something i had never heard of till the clinic,what a differance!
    Thanks again,
  4. Steve Smith

    Steve Smith Moderator Emeritus

    Dec 21, 2002
    Southeastern US
    Just got back into town.
    The single load follower is for any single loading. I hated it because it launched my rounds out the ejection port when I hit the bolt release, often mangling the round. Now I just do them like I outlined a few days ago.

    When I DO dryfire, :banghead: I like the Sinclair dry fire device because I don't have to move the charging handle much at all. Has nothing to do with "protecting" the rifle. LOL! If I wanted to protect it, I woulnd't shoot it.

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