There have been many advancements in the area of dry-fire tools. Things such as the laser cartridges in conjunction with applications on your phone or computer to track your shots and time. Also with companies such as SIRT that manufacture dedicated laser emitting practice guns with a trigger that resets so there is no need to work the slide to reset the gun. Another tool I have recently been trying is a gas operated airsoft gun. The advantage of these are that the slide reciprocates in-between shots. There is not much muzzle flip but it still gives you practice tracking the front sights and acquiring your sight picture before the next shot. Since the slide reciprocates, it resets itself for the next trigger press. Many of the guns are realistic in size, grip angle, and where the controls are located. They even fit the same holster. There are a couple downsides to using these tools for dry-fire. The gas only works in warm environments, so practicing outside in the winter is not realistic. Another downside is that companies are only replicating a couple common guns so far, so there might not be one yet for your carry gun of choice. I have been using one of the Glock clones recently for the past four months and had no issues with it. Also, for those carrying red dots on their guns, I haven't seen any optics ready models available yet. I use it in my basement so I don't have to worry about the gun not functioning in cold weather. At 6 yards I find it to shoot to point of impact. You might have to try a couple pellet weights before you find one that shoots to point of impact. The first ones I tried would hit a couple inches low at 6 yards, which would give frustrating results on small targets such as the dot torture targets. Next, I tried a slightly lighter pellet and it shoots exactly point of aim and the gun seems to be very accurate. If I apply the fundamentals correctly, I can keep my shots into an inch an a three quarters circle at 6 yards. I tape targets over cardboard boxes and stuff the inside of the boxes with packing paper. This helps retain the pellets so I don't need to clean them up and also collects them so I can reuse them. It is relatively inexpensive to practice with after you have purchased the gear. The only real costs are the printed up targets and gas. I just thought I would pass on my experience with this other dry-fire option in case anyone was curious about trying this or needed another dry-fire option. Have a great weekend!
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