Chris Koszewski, Instructor
Consistent and accurate shot group placement takes practice....and plenty of it on a regular basis.
Dry fire practice is a cheap and effective way to get your trigger press into a routine by building the new neural pathways and help teach you how to avoid the anticipation of the break/explosive recoil.
The dime drill is a critical component of your dry practice routine. Pressing the trigger is where most of problems occur for shooters. Before you can learn to shoot quickly, you need to learn to shoot well and a proper trigger press is the biggest hurdle we have to cross.
Safety first! Drop the magazine and clear your gun! Secure all ammunition to another part of the house. Find a suitable place like the basement, garage, or anywhere you are comfortable and always point into a safe direction.
Basically, the drill itself is quite simple, while gripping the pistol, place a dime flat on top of the front sight and press the trigger without dropping the dime.
This is not as easy it sounds. Yes, you will have to press the trigger very, very carefully, and slowly. If you press it correctly without rushing, the dime will not fall. If you press it incorrectly (sideways, low, or high) or you rush the press, the dime will fall.
Personally, I glue a 18 inch piece of thread to the outside of the dime and tie the other end to a paper clip. I attach the paper clip to the trigger guard so that I`m not chasing dimes all over the place.
This drill is also a great and fun way to become comfortable with your pistol and build confidence in your skill level.
When taken seriously and regularly, the dime drill, will strengthen the foundation of the pistol marksman fundamentals.
“Rapid fire is Fine, but accuracy is Final”
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