Chris Kalina, Instructor
No time for the range? No problem, you can still conduct valuable training at home.
Disclaimer: While conducting training practices in your home make sure your weapon is unloaded, all ammunition is in a different part of your home, and that you are pointing your unloaded weapon in a safe direction (even though its unloaded). Do not point your weapon at anything you don't want to destroy.
Now that we have that out of the way, the practice I am referring to is drawing and presenting your weapon, magazine reloads and dry fire drills from concealment. These are valuable training practices that will help you become a better shooter and help you get valuable repetition on your weapon and magazine changes.
When practicing your draw from concealment start off slow and work your speed up. Its more important to clear your cover garment, obtain a proper master grip on your gun, and properly draw and present the gun with proper fundamentals than it is to do all the above with speed and no fundamentals.
When practicing magazine changes make sure you practice doing reloads from a slide lock (simulated running dry) and also practice administrative reloads.
By practicing your dry firing you will show yourself your deficiencies. You will see that you might be dipping your weapon in preparation of a shot (even though you know your gun is unloaded). You will overall become more familiar with the function and feel of your gun and most importantly how your trigger feels. You will be able to feel the slack in your trigger, be able to feel your trigger wall, and be able to practice braking the trigger.
By properly practicing while your at home or on the range it will benefit you at the more importantly if the time comes to protect yourself and your family, you can still conduct valuable training at home.