View Full Version : Productive dry fire training AR15/M16 series rifles

July 28, 2008, 06:31 AM
I'm currently in Baghdad Iraq runnning the Small Arms Repair Facility at Camp Striker. Yesterday we had a young Army Specialist in the shop talking about his fellow soldier's gun skills. Long story short, he demonstrated no knowledge of trigger reset or other fundlementals of Marksmanship. What I showed him yesterday is what I want to share with all of you. With ammo prices what they are and most shooters not having a range that they can go and "teach" on, this exercise should help.

Sorry that I don't have pictures at this time but I will try to be as clear as possible.

To start with get away from all the ammo. When you dry fire practice you do it far away from any ammo.

Next you will need a boot lace or 3' section of 550 cord.

Check and make sure your rifle is unloaded.

Break it open shotgun style and remove the bolt carrier group and charging handle.

Set the charging handle to the side you will not need it till you are done practicing.

Tie a loop into the bootlace by first folding it in half then simply tying a knot leaving about a 6 inch long loop with two, foot long tails.

Loop the bootlace around the bolt key (the elbow that is bolted ontop of the bolt carrier that slides over the gas tube when the bolt is forward). You may have to field stripthe bolt group to do this depending on your choice of cord then reassemble.

Then replace your bolt group without the charging handle making sure the cord is riding up in the charging handle groove.

Replace the pin and get into a good shooting position.

Have your partner hold onto the running ends of the boot lace and find your front sight.

Go through the fundlementals in your head. Finger on the trigger. Slow Steady Squeeze Straight to the rear. Bang!!

When your partner hears the fall of the hammer a quick juerk to the rear resets the rifle, gives a simulated recoil and allows you to follow through with proper trigger control, and reaquiring your target.

With a little practice you can minimize the lag time between the hammer falling and feeling the recoil.

Hope this comes in handy to some of you.