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Tips & Techniques: A Penny For Your Dry-Fire Thoughts

When performing dry-fire practice with an AR-15, there are a lot of reasons you might not want the bolt to lock to the rear. You can use dummy rounds, snap caps or other safety aids, but there’s another trick used in training circles requiring far less investment.

2022 Accessory Of The Year: Mantis Blackbeard

American Rifleman is pleased to announce the 2022 Accessory Of The Year Award goes to Mantis.

Review: Mantis Laser Academy

With the increased cost of ammunition, dry fire practice is both an effective and cheaper alternative. Mantis offers a series of laser trainers and other aids which can further enhance the dry fire practice experience.

Review: Mantis Blackbeard

The Blackbeard is an automatic trigger-reset system designed for the AR-15 platform, and it greatly accelerates dry-fire sessions by removing the need to re-charge the gun following each pull of the trigger.

Preview: J&M Spec Dummy Rounds

J&M Spec offers a truly staggering assortment of handgun, rifle and shotgun dummy rounds and snap caps made using real cases and projectiles.

Rifleman Q&A: Hammerless Shotgun Storage

From the archives of American Rifleman, NRA member writes: I am confused about the proper handling of hammerless shotguns. Everyone has heard the advice “never dry-fire a gun, the firing pmay break.” If the gun has an exposed hammer, it can be eased down, but how should I handle a hammerless single- or double-barreled gun. Should I leave a spent shell or snap-cap in the chamber?

Dry-Fire Practice Tips For Your Double-Action Revolver

For those who own and carry a double-action revolver, dry-fire practice can help build skills with trigger control and improve accuracy.

Trust But Verify: Function-Checking Your Guns

Even in the age of modern manufacturing, users have a lot to benefit in terms of safety and general familiarity by going over their firearms with a function check.

5 Steps to Improve Your Dry-Fire Routine

Here we take a look at five steps to dry firing to both improve trigger familiarity and increase consistency.

Liven Up Dry-Fire Practice

For competitive shooters and armed citizens interested in improving their firearm handling and skills, a lot can be gained by practicing with an unloaded gun—a technique commonly referred to as dry-fire.

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