Front Sight Mail Bag: Dry Firing is a Valuable Instructor Tool
September 1st, 2009
Hello Dr. Piazza,
First of all, I’d like to thank you for all of the time and money that you have spent in an effort to make an armed society more safe and proficient. You are to be commended for your service.
I am a retired/disabled police officer with MS. Before my disease forced my retirement, I spent 8 years as a firearms instructor. During that time, I spent some time in training at various different facilities including the Smith & Wesson Academy, Sigarms Academy, the US Army and others, along with studying under such instructors like John Farnham and Manny Kappleson. In fact, I spent a period of time working as a contract instructor for Manny Kappleson. Up until I retired in 1996, I was considered a firearms expert by my peers.
I agree wholeheartedly on dry firing as a valuable instructor tool. As a matter of fact, the drill that was called the “ball and dummy” drill could be credited with saving the careers of some new shooters who had problems hitting the target. Many who could not hit the broad side of a barn responded very well to this drill.
I have found that dry firing from the holster a very good way to increase speed and accuracy when engaging a bad guy. A safety aspect that I always stressed was to insure that the firearm was empty and I also advised that all live ammo be placed in another location.
I have been very impressed with your weekly e-mails and found the challenges very entertaining. If I was not wheelchair bound, I would be participating in some of your recent offers Keep up the good work!!