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“Dry firing” involves going through all the shooting steps but without using live ammunition. It may be used to teach beginners or to help more advanced shooters eliminate flinching and jerking. When dry firing:

  • Use spent cartridges or commercially available dummy cartridges to avoid damaging the firing pin.
  • Always obey the rules of safety.
  • Never dry fire at a target you would not shoot at with live ammunition.
  • Treat every gun as if it were loaded.
Handgun dummy cartridges