Remember, the purpose of consistent dry fire training is to translate the practice into live fire validation. These basics are the cornerstone of practical marksmanship. Before you decide you are ready to go the next phase of weaponry skill, you should, on a ‘square range’ score at least 190 on the ‘Quick & Dirty’ AQT.
Doing so demonstrates to all who witness (including yourself) that you’ve mastered the weapon to the degree that, all things being equal, you will operate safely on a more dynamic course of fire that includes fire and movement along side a ‘battle buddy’ or in a more complex exercise that could include a base of fire and a maneuver element, depending on the course you’re in and the range available.
Keep in mind that in the case of live fire and movement training, being focused on leaving nothing to chance increases the probability that nobody gets injured or killed. That’s extremely important for your NPT, and obviously so. The ramifications of NPT’s training to fire and move and having someone killed due to miscommunication, poor fire control, or any other ‘reason’ would be significant and possibly far reaching, especially in today’s political climate. Therefore, the original point of dry fire, AQT qualifications, dry fire and movement practice until it’s done right, and then wet fire, all stand the test of logic and common sense.
Deciding to go out on a piece of private land somewhere with a few NPT members and shoot an ad hoc course does not stand those tests.
Your formula should be:
- Dry fire – consistent regimen
- Familiarization Fire (unofficial qualification shooting) – Monthly
- AQT Firing – Quarterly until scoring 190 points and continuing between live fire & movement training sessions
- Fire & Movement Training
- Dry runs – Until muscle memory begins to be demonstrated on safely navigating
- Wet runs – When all NPT members participating have demonstrated the capability to move safely with their weapons, assume various shooting positions while navigating the course of fire.
Some might think this is, ‘old school’ and rightfully so: it’s the exact method used for training I underwent from two branches conducting the training. Might not be considered high speed, but we never had a single casualty in either course I attended or the many subsequent courses my instructor team taught. Keep that as your objective: realistic, productive training that is safe to navigate.