If you get stuck or get bored of the basic dry fire drills, these resources will help you level up.
Software for Dryfire
This is an attachment for your pistol's rail that syncs with your phone to give feedback on your draw, trigger press, and more.
If you're stuck on the dry trigger press, this gives excellent feedback to help you better understand how you can improve.
Shooters at or above Intermediate level (USPSA B Class, IDPA Expert) find MantisX doesn't help them as much,
because they've already mastered most of what the MantisX can teach them.
There are still benefits, but just not nearly as much as there are for other shooters.
Who It's For
New and beginner shooters who are stuck on their trigger press, draw, and transitions.
This is the best dry fire software today for civilians, with support for moving targets, video simulations, a home virtual range, and more.
It costs $1,000-2,000, and setting up a projector is a pain if you haven't done it before.
Who It's For
Intermediate shooters (USPSA B class or IDPA Expert) or above, looking for a virtual range to save on ammo over time.
This is a barrel replacement for your pistol that converts it from a live firearm into a recoil-simulating training tool.
It uses CO2 to simulate the recoil, and CO2 cools as it gets spent, hence "CoolFire" instead of "Dryfire".
As you use CoolFire, the temperature in the system drops. This drops the pressure, and the felt recoil.
The workaround is to use a coffee mug warmer to maintain your tank's temperature.
The ideal tank temp is 85ºF. Go lower, and the recoil gets weaker, and you get fewer shots per refill.
Go higher, and your O-rings wear out much faster.
The recoil is around 50-80% of 9mm (depending on your tank temp) and the recoil impulse is a little different.
You must still do live fire every month or so to maintain your full grip technique.
However, CoolFire will build up your grip technique enough to require less live ammo to perfect it, and it will maintain your grip technique for longer between live fire sessions.
It's also enough to train your vision for reading the sights in rapid fire,
and it makes multi-round drills much closer to the real thing than pure dry fire.
CoolFire also offers laser attachments for use with software like Smokeless Range, making for a virtual range in your home.
One is a laser that directly screws on the barrel.
The other is the Rapid Fill Adapter, which makes it much easier to refill, adds around 50 shots of capacity, and has an integrated laser.
In my experience, the Rapid Fill Adapter is so much better than the laser attachment that I wish I had never bought the laser attachment.
For the laser type, choose the red laser if you don't plan on using Smokeless Range.
Otherwise, the infrared laser adds another degree of realism with Smokeless Range.
Your holster must be open-ended, or accommodate a 2-port or larger compensator.
Every 1,000-2,000 rounds, you'll have to replace the striker tip ($2 each).
I recommend buying at least 1 pack of extra striker tips with your purchase, to save on shipping.
Every 3,000-5,000 rounds, you'll have to replace the O-rings on your fill tank, Rapid Fill Adapter, etc.
Every 3,000-5,000 rounds, you'll have to refill your CO2 tank.
Before you buy, ensure there's a place nearby that does refills for paintball tanks or soda tanks.
For paintball tank refills, look for Dick's Sporting Goods or a paintball shop/field.
For soda tanks, look for a brewing supply store.
Get the appropriate tank and adapter to match your local refill options.
Who It's For
People who find plain dry fire to be too boring to consistently practice,
and hardcore shooters looking to maintain their skills with a reduced ammo budget.
When 9mm was $0.20 a round, this system paid for itself in 3,000 rounds.
Now, with 9mm at $0.50 a round or more, this system pays for itself in ~1,000 rounds.
Once you have the basic drills down, you can start adding in movement and more complex setups.
For a full list of drills, their setup instructions, and hints, check out DryFire Reloaded (2017)
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