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Dry-Fire: The Key to Better Rifle Accuracy and Trigger Control

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Dry-Fire: The Key to Better Rifle Accuracy and Trigger Control

I had just missed my third consecutive shot at a 600-yard, man-size steel target when Rifles Only shooting instructor Jacob Bynum tapped me on the shoulder.

“Unload the gun,” he said. I was about to chamber another round, but I followed his direction and emptied the rifle. “Now shoot.”

I did. Click. “Do that until you’re ready to hit what you’re aiming at.”

This is why his advice works.

Know Your Trigger
When you were a kid, your dad probably told you that the shot should surprise you. But you’re a big shooter now, and according to Bynum, the best marksmen know exactly where their trigger is going to break. So get behind your rifle and squeeze the trigger smoothly until it goes “click.” Remember that spot. Keep doing it until the feeling is burned into your muscle memory.

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