You don’t need any fancy gadgets to get your dry fire reps in. All you need is an unloaded gun. But I like to use a few tools that give me data and feedback during my dry fire sessions and also make it a little more fun. Today I’m going over a few dry fire tools I keep with me pretty much all of the time.
So I was staying at a friend’s house for a few nights. The day I decided to film this video, I was working in the kitchen writing articles. I decided to take a break and get a dry fire session in. I reached into my tech pouch and grabbed my MantisX, and quickly realized I wouldn’t be able to use it. I only had my carry gun, a Glock 48, and the MantisX doesn’t fit on the rail. I also didn’t have a magplate adapter to mount it underneath, something I’ve added to my list to add to my tech pouch.
The next tool I grabbed was my laser cartridge to use with the Mantis Laser Academy software. Then I realized I didn’t have any targets. I must have taken them out of my package the last time I emptied it. I searched my friend’s network and found a printer, so I was able to print out some targets to use. Mantis allows you to download and print their targets, so I also keep the PDF on my laptop.
The other tools I keep in my bag are a Barrel Blok and a Mag Blok. If you don’t have these, then you should pick up a set today. They are very cheap at only $12.99 + $5 shipping. You get one Barrel Blok and three Mag Blocks. The Barrel Blok is used when dry firing so you have a visual indicator that the chamber is empty and a round cannot be chambered. I also use it to knock out the laser cartridge, so it is a dual-purpose tool. The Mag Blok is inserted into a magazine, so the slide of a gun doesn’t lock back when racking the slide to reset the trigger.
As I said, these four tools are always in my tech pouch, so no matter where I can go, I can use them in my dry fire sessions. They are also TSA-compliant, so I never have to worry about taking them out when flying.
Again, it doesn’t take any gadgets to get dry fire reps in. These tools may just give you a little more incentive to dry fire since they can make it fun. And if you are like me, you get data that gives you feedback and allows you to track your results over time.