Aside from the obvious shortcomings of trying to practice at home (e.g., can’t use live ammo for starters…), there’s the matter of distance or the lack thereof when practicing dry fire with laser ammo. While I’m darned lucky to be able to get 7 yards between myself and a target, that’s the hard limit.
Or Is It?
When I attended the Appleseed event (a whole freakin' lifetime ago, it seems), we were simulating distances up to 400 yards by using scaled down targets at 25 yards. As much back’n’forth we did to the target board and back, reducing the round trip by 1/16th saved everyone a lot of time and hoofin'.
Here’s a target sheet from one of the Appleseed Qualification Tests where we took aim at imaginary Redcoats from 25 yards actual distance. No, I definitely did not make Rifleman, and no, I definitely could not see the whites of their eyes.
There’s some basic trigonometry that’s rounded up and converted to minutes of angle, and to TL/DR it, you can fake a longer distance by making the target smaller. I’d experimented with this previously, but I’d come across a set of dry fire targets that made things stupid-easy to make the 7 yards at home seem farther.
Here are 10 shots at one of those dry fire targets made from 5 “real” yards which simulates a USPSA/IPSC target at 15 “equivalent” yards.
Roughly ballparking it, the printed target is about 6" wide, whereas the USPSA/IPSC is 18" wide, ergo the 1:3 ratio. Or something.
Aim for the “Head”!
Anyway, since I’m simulating live ammo with a tiny laser pointer, why not work up the fiction up a notch and say we’re plinking at a piece of cardboard 15 yards out?
Right Hand, Meet Left Hand
And here’s a couple of rounds of practice done one-handed.
Obviously I need more practice.