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Dry Fire: Starting Cold


What can you do cold?

The importance of knowing what you can do cold.

Here’s a skill that is VITAL to both competition and defensive shooting.

What can you do with your gun with no warm up?  What is your draw speed?  What is our accuracy?  What do you have to do differently when you are not warmed up?

No competition or gunfight starts off with easy groups at seven yards shot flat footed.

In competition your first stage you’re on the clock.  Going at full speed at the first beep, it is important to know what you can and can’t do cold.  From police gunfights it’s been found hitting with that first shot greatly improves you ability to survive.

Applying the “practice how you fight” high speed low drag defensive mindset, practice sessions should NEVER start with a slow draw and nice and easy group shooting.

Ben Stoeger recently podcasted about this.  He and the top level shooters do take a more conservative approach on the first stage of the day.  It would be valuable to know how conservative to go.

Can you think of a reason to ever start a practice session with slow flat-footed groups?

If you push yourself cold at the beginning of a practice session there will be a good chance your deficiencies will be revealed.  So, armed with this knowledge shooting cold will improve.



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