Dryfire Drills for Beginners transcription:

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– Welcome back everybody, I’m Joe Farewell

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of Farewell Firearms Training
and Team Atlas Gunworks.

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And I know I said that this
was gonna be a 10 video series.

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However, we have a bonus
video for you today.

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I got Cody Axon of the GoFast
Podcast and Team Atlas.

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And he’s gonna bring
you some dry fire drills

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to build on what Sean
and Lisa Burrows talked

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about in the last video.

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So, leave a comment with your
favorite drill down below

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and I hope you guys enjoy this video.

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– Hello everybody, my name is Cody Axon.

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I’m a sponsored shooter
for Atlas Gunworks.

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I’m a USPSA Grand Master

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and I’ve been shooting
competitively for about six years.

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One thing that I found,
through competing in USPSA

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and all shooting sports,
is that the best shooters

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are generally doing
quite a bit of dry fire,

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or at least some.

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Especially early on.

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Dry fire is a really important part of

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if you wanna get really good.

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Something that doesn’t cost you money.

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Something that doesn’t
cost you a lot of time.

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You can do it in your living room,

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like I am right now.

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And probably a very large
amount, a very large majority

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of my shooting skill has
been built right here,

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in this living room, through dry fire,

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without even having to go to the range.

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Few things about dry fire
before we get started.

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Obviously, the most important thing

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when you’re gonna be pulling
a trigger on a gun in a house,

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is to make sure the gun’s unloaded

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and to make sure that we’re safe.

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So, I have no magazine.

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(slide pulling)

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Pull the slide back,
make sure there’s nothing

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in the chamber.

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We’re good to go there.

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Second thing, I use magazines,
I’ve got three of ’em.

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These are my designated
dry fire magazines.

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You don’t have to have
designated dry fire magazines.

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Unless, you’re gonna be dry firing a lot

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for competition, like what I do.

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But basically what I
have here is a snap cap.

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So this is designed for dry fire.

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It’s a plastic bullet, plastic primer.

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It’s not gonna go off.

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And then underneath there, I
have a full magazine of these.

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Which are dummy rounds that has no primer.

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That is an actual lead
bullet, it’s the blue bullets.

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It’s an actual lead bullet,
I made these myself.

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I use these to weight down my magazine.

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That way my magazines
are the actual weight

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that they are when I’m using them,

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whether it be a stage or in practice.

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And when the gun is loaded,
quote unquote loaded with these,

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the gun weighs exactly what it weighs

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when I’m using it in competition.

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First one I’m gonna show you guys

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is slow fire trigger control.

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So for this, this is very
traditional dry fire.

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When I first started
learning how to shoot a gun,

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before I ever did anything
competition related.

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I was told, point the gun at the wall,

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pull the trigger straight
back nice and slow,

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and have the front sight not move.

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That was the only thing I was ever told.

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So we’ll start with that,
’cause that actually

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is a really great drill,

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especially when you’re first starting off.

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So all I’m gonna do, point
the gun at a blank wall,

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and pull the trigger, push the trigger,

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push the trigger, push the
trigger, push the trigger,

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(clicking) nice and slow.

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The hammer fell, right
when I wanted it to.

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I just pushed the trigger
through nice and slow.

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And the front sight didn’t move,

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that was exactly what I wanted.

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That’s gonna be a lot more difficult

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when you’re first starting off.

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Or if you’re shooting a
gun that does not have

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the Ballard trigger, like
the Atlas Gunworks guns have.

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If you are shooting a stock
gun, with maybe a six,

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seven, eight pound trigger that’s got

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a lot longer trigger pull,

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it’s probably gonna take you some time

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to get to where you can
do that without a trigger

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or without the front sight
moving when the trigger

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goes off and the hammer falls.

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If you’re a more advanced
shooter is I use a shot timer,

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just like this one.

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There’s lots of different
versions of this.

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You can also use an app for dry fire.

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You can get those phone apps.

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There’s computer apps.

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There’s lots of things
you can use for this.

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The best is get an actual shot timer

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but all I really need from
this is a random beep.

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So, I push the button and
the beep randomly goes off.

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So my goal with this is
to do the same thing.

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I’m gonna point the gun at the wall

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but you focus on the front sight.

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But when that beep goes off,
I’m gonna jam for that trigger

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as fast as I can.

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The goal is to get the shot to go off.

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The quote unquote shot, the dry fire shot,

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to go off before the end of that beep.

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So, I’m gonna be kinda rushing
through that trigger pull.

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But I’m going to do so in a way

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that the front sight doesn’t move.

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This is simulating that
I’m shooting a USPSA stage.

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Or I’m just trying to
shoot fast in general.

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That’s how I’m going to
actually pull the trigger.

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I’m gonna jam through that thing fast

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and the goal is to be able to do that

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without moving the gun.

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And have basically the shots
are still gonna be accurate

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even though I’m pulling the trigger fast.

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So, I’m gonna show you what
this is gonna look like.

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So my trigger finger is not
gonna (beep) be on the trigger,

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it’s gonna kind floating in the trigger

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and then I’m gonna slap
the trigger basically.

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I’m gonna slap the trigger

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but I’m gonna have the
front sight not move

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and we’ll see what happens.

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(beep)
(gun firing)

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Okay, so the front sight moved
on me a little bit that time

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and that’s totally fine

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’cause that’s the point of the drills.

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I’m trying to fix that.

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So let me try it one more time.

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(beep)
(gun firing)

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Alright, that was better.

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I was a little bit slow on that one.

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So if a full dry fire session

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that is something I would
want to continue to work on.

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I wanna be fast but I do not
want those sights to move.

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That’s something that you can get a lot

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of good work on your trigger control

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with just using that one drill.

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(upbeat music)

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The third drill I wanna show
you is just regular old draws.

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So what I’m gonna do
here is I’m gonna set.

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I’m gonna use the par
timer function on my timer.

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There is again, there is
apps you can use for this.

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Again a shot timer is
the best way to do it.

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What people ask a lot
of times with dry fire

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“well how do I, how do I time
myself when the shot timer’s

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not gonna pick up the shots
like it would if I was

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actually shooting the gun?”

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Well by setting a par timer.

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I set one for one second
so here’s what happens.

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(beep)

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(beep)

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So that first beep is my command to go.

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So, I’m gonna start the draw.

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The goal is to be aimed at a
target, to have a sight picture

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that I’m happy with and have a good grip

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where I’m ready to start shooting

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by the time that second beep hits.

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So one second is pretty
sporty but it’s not

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not crazy for somebody
who’s been practicing

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and doing this a lot.

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I’m not gonna pull the trigger

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because if you are doing a one shot drill

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your tendency is gonna want to be

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to race that, that second beep.

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So what somebody might
do is whip the gun out,

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just pull the trigger as fast as they can

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and say okay I’m good.

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The goal is, instead,
to not pull the trigger

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but just get a good sight
picture that I’m happy with.

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And do that all within
that tight par time.

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So here’s what I’m looking for.

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(beep)
(unholstering gun)

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(beep)

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So that was good.

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That was right what I wanted.

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Let’s try it one more time.

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(beep)
(unholstering gun)

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(beep)

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Also good.

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So you can do that in any variation.

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I mean, if you’re doing defensive shooting

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maybe you wanna do like
some sort of fighting stance

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and then you go to your gun.

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That works too.

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You can do wrists above
shoulders depending on

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what shooting sport you are trying to do.

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You can do all kinds of stuff.

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But hand to sides is really
probably what we do the most of

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in USPSA, so that is what I usually do.

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(upbeat music)

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The fourth thing I wanna
show you is reloads.

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So everybody loves a good reload.

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They look great on Instagram.

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They look really cool.

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If you wanna be a grand
master, quite frankly,

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in USPSA you have to
have good, solid reloads.

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So, I’m gonna use that
same one second par time.

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And this time what I’m going to do is

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I’m going to have the gun.

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I’m gonna start with the gun in my hands,

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finger on the trigger but not pulling it.

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When that par time,
that first beep starts,

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I’m going to reach for my first
mag on my belt, right here.

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Drop the mag that is (magazine
releases) in the gun.

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(magazine reloading)

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And reload the gun.

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So my goal is to get all that process done

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and then I’m gonna aim back at the target.

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My goal is to have all that process done

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within that one second time period.

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Again, if you’re first starting off

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it’s gonna be way longer than that.

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You probably don’t even
want to use a par timer

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when you are first starting off.

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But that is eventually
where you wanna end up

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is about a one second par time.

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1.1, 1.2 somewhere in there.

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That’s gonna give you
a pretty sporty reload.

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That’s gonna enable you to do
pretty well in competition.

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So let’s give this a shot.

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(beep)
(magazine reloading)

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(beep)

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So that was good.

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I don’t wanna try it again

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’cause I don’t want to
screw up my second one.

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So that’s what I’m looking for though.

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Basically replace a new mag in the gun

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and it’s ready to go and that’s it.

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(upbeat music)

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The last one I wanna do is
gonna be a multiple shot drill.

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The first multiple shot
drill we’ve done here.

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Which is gonna be draw, fire.

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You’ll dry fire two shots on the target.

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Reload, dry fire two shots on the target.

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So we’re kinda putting
all that stuff together of

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what I just did.

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First question people usually have

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about dry firing multiple shot drills is

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“well the trigger’s not gonna
reset so how does that work?”

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So that is one thing that
an Atlas Gunworks pistol

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or any kind of double stack 1911

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or single stack 1911
style pistol does for you

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is this trigger.

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So you pull it, hammer falls,
but the trigger still moves

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all within the same range of motion.

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So I can just keep pulling
this thing when it’s dead.

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All day and it gives me
basically the same effect.

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It’s not exactly the same.

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It’s not perfect but it’s
pretty close to perfect.

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Other guns, you might
have to work through it

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in different ways.

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But for these types of
pistols, it’s very easy.

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(gun reloading)

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So what I’m gonna do, is
again draw, fire two shots,

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reload, dry fire two shots.

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I’m gonna do a two
second par time on this.

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Which again, that’s a
pretty good par time.

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You’re gonna wanna start
out way slower than that

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when you are first starting off.

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But that’s that’s a pretty good par time.

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I’m gonna go for it here.

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(beep)
(unholstering gun)

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(gun firing)
(gun reloading)

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(beep)

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Okay, so I didn’t quite make it.

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I was a little bit slow on the draw.

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I’ll try it one more time.

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(beep)
(unholstering gun)

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(gun firing)
(gun reloading)

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(beep)

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That was a little bit better.

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Again, still a hair slow
but I’m trying it cold.

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So not to bad.

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So that’s it.

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Those are five dry fire drills

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to kinda help you get started.

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Whether you be a, whether
you are a new gun owner,

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whether you’re a new competition shooter,

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or if you’re just interested
in getting started.

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Those are all great reasons
to do these types of drills.

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Again, remember those safety
tips from the beginning.

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Safety is obviously the
most important thing

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when we’re dealing with
real-life firearms.

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Once you have done some of this stuff

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or if you’re interest in doing this stuff

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and maybe your a little
nervous trying on your own.

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It’s always good to seek training

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from qualified individuals.

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Whether that be a competition shooter.

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You know, take a conceal carry
class, a gun safety class.

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Those things are always good especially

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when you are first starting off.

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And then, once you get
comfortable come out to a match.

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3-Gun matches, USPSA
matches, IDPA matches,

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Steel Challenge.

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All those matches have great people.

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You get to meet new gun owners

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or other gun owners that are
more experienced than you.

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And just kind of, people are
good about sharing the love,

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sharing the love of firearms,
of our second Amendment rights

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in the US, and your gun rights
in other countries as well.

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Everybody’s always welcoming

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and wants to get to know more people.

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So go out to a local match,

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even if you’re nervous about it.

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It’s always good, it’s always a good time.

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And you could like just end
up falling in love with it

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like I did.

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And basically devote six
years of your life to it.

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And spend a whole bunch of money on it

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because it’s a lot of fun.

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(upbeat music)

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