- Ian T. Mena-Wieland
Enhancing Dry Fire (Part 2: Setting)
The nice part about dry fire is that we can use our actual surroundings for practice, provided that we have taken the necessary safety precautions (unloaded firearm, checked multiple times, with no ammunition in magazines or even in the same room).
Some of us have a dedicated home defense firearm, and some have a single gun for many purposes. Whatever you equipment, it is important to be able to use it in a home defense scenario. Dry practice in your home can be extremely useful and eye opening.
It may be a good idea to wait until your children and possibly spouse are out of the house prior to using your entire home as a dry fire range. If, however, your spouse or responsible children are part of the security plan, it would be advantageous for all to run through some emergency drill with them. Find out where the danger points in your home are located and ensure that everyone knows what to do and how to ensure that there is no friendly fire.
Remember that it is important to do these tasks with empty firearms, and if there is a risk of pointing even an empty firearm at a family member, please invest in some full plastic dummy guns.