The Dime Drill
The Dime Drill is a dry fire only drill. While dry-fire is a safe and inexpensive way to train. Some basic rules must be followed:
- Visually & physically inspect the gun to make sure it is unloaded. Many accidental discharges have happened with the so-called unloaded gun.
- Make sure there is no live ammunition anywhere in the room. Ammunition should be kept out of your dry fire space at all times.
- Only fire at a backstop that can stop a bullet. It is entirely possible that after weeks, months, or years of dry-fire practice. You get comfortable and not realize one was left in the chamber.
- Never reload the gun after dry-fire practice. Give yourself time to acclimate to the non-training environment.
- Finally, follow all the same safety rules of live fire practice. Making sure to never point your gun at anything you are not willing to kill or destroy.
- Place a dime, penny, empty casing, or some other medium on the front sight.
- Use a full live fire grip
- Pull up the slack on the trigger.
- Slowly squeeze until the trigger breaks.
- The Dime should not move.
Note: Avoid curling the tip of your finger when you squeeze the trigger. Use the same techniques used in practice as live-fire or you won’t gain the benefits.
The Dime drill will help fix issues like slapping the trigger, anticipating the shot, and not pulling the trigger straight back. This is a great drill to practice regularly. You can also check out our article on proper trigger control. Once you can accomplish this drill repeatedly, it is likely you are ready for live fire.
Credit for the Drill
We normally always post which instructor showed us or publicized the drill. In this case, the dime drill or some variation has been taught by so many different instructors we don’t have one to credit. Just know that it is widely accepted as a basic drill. The most common cases where it is recommended. Was in cases where shooters where dropping shots low and to the left or vice versa for left handed shooters.