Firearms Product Review by ShootingClasses.com Staff
There are so many aspects to defensive shooting that simply mastering the fundamentals of marksmanship doesn’t mean you are skilled at carrying a gun for defense. With everyday carry, you also need to be skilled at weapons manipulations, such as magazine changes with two hands or only your weak hand, pistol drawing, and defeating a cover garment. The Dry Fire Pro Timer from Morgan Timing Systems, LLC is designed to track your weapons manipulations so you can improve your speed.
How do you improve your weapons manipulations?
All of the components of everyday carry should be practiced continuously. “Good” is never good enough when it comes to saving your own life or the life of a loved one. But unless you have a private range and endless amounts of ammo, it is hard to practice the components to the point of mastery or even try different set ups to see what works best for you.
Most public ranges don’t allow the shooter to draw the pistol from a holster or do weak hand only draws to simulate drawing the pistol after sustaining an injury. Practicing these type of draw strokes to the point of doing them in a habitual manner is important to giving yourself every advantage possible in a gun fight. Just like battle drills in the military, once the decision has been made to go to your gun, the actions need to be automatic. The faster you can get that gun into the fight the greater your chance at survival. So how do you get faster while being safe?
For years the solution was simply dry firing the pistol. Yet dry firing doesn’t give the shooter feedback on whether they’re improving. It simply helps to build neuromotor pathways in the brain that help your muscles know how to efficiently move. That’s why Ben Morgan created the Dry Fire Pro Timer.
What is the Dry Fire Pro Timer?
The Dry Fire Pro Timer has two components: a Bluetooth-enabled barrel that swaps out with your factory barrel and the “Dry-Fire Pro Timer” smartphone app, which is free on Apple’s App Store and Google Play. The barrel easily syncs to the app, and then you’re ready to run dry firing drills.
After you push “start” on the app, it will beep and start keeping time. When you break the trigger, the time between the beep and the trigger break is logged in the app. You can continue dry firing this way or go into the settings menu on the app to customize the situation you have set up with things like distance to target, holster position and type, level of concealment, time between beeps or a random setting so you don’t know when the beep will go off. Once you stop the timer, your settings are displayed in a matrix showing all the times, including your average time and best time.
This timer can help you establish a baseline for various manipulations. By building speed into your movements – similar to building strength or endurance – you can track your progress through the app and push yourself to go a little faster each workout or dry fire session. You can also compare your times with different set ups.
When dry firing, you have to be honest with yourself and wait until you have an acceptable sight picture before breaking your shot or “call your shot” as the operators say. Learning to read front sights is the key to being accurate and fast. If you break your shot with your sight picture a little to the left, you know the round went a little left. If it’s inside of seven yards, it’s probably still a decent hit, but you read your sights, you know it was off a little, and you can make the correction before the next shot. People don’t ping like steel and people are not made of paper. So it’s doubtful you will see the impacts anyway. You don’t want to get in the habit of looking at your target for the impact after every shot, and with dry firing, you can’t.
What did we think?
We discovered this device is perfect for working on all your weapons manipulations at home. It will make you faster at getting your gun out and into the fight. Use it to see what level you are performing at and then train until you can consistently beat that time by .10 seconds. On the next day, try to push yourself to beat your new standard by another .10 seconds. You will find that training 10-15 minutes a day will have your draw stroke down into the sub 1.5 in just a few weeks. Once you have mastered that draw stroke, start working on one handed draw strokes and magazine changes. Again, establish your baseline for each and work on being a little faster each time.
You are only limited to your imagination with this device. We used it to work on our draw speeds in our cars and bedside safe.
After trying it out, we highly recommend the Morgan Timing Systems Dry Fire Pro Timer. This is a serious game changer for those who want to get more skill and confidence with an everyday carry pistol.
Ben Morgan owns and runs Morgan Timing Systems, LLC from his home in Colorado. He is a former member of 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment and government contractor. Ben runs Battleline Tactical for Kris “Tanto” Paronto. Learn more about the Dry Fire Pro Timer and the different training barrels you can get on the Morgan Timing Systems website.
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