Hi, I’m retired Navy Seal, Chris Sajnog, the author of Navy SEAL shooting, and one of the top 20 most frequently asked questions I get is, “How to practice shooting if I don’t have a shooting range nearby?”.
There are a lot of people out there that want to learn how to shoot, but getting to a firearms range where they can do live fire is not so easy. Some of you are lucky enough to have a shooting range in your backyard. The concepts that I’m going to tell you here are still going to apply to you whether you have a range or not.
How To Practice Shooting
#1 There Is Much More To Shooting
Lesson number one is to realize that learning to shoot involves much more than just making the gun go bang. You can practice literally anything with a firearm that doesn’t involve the gun going bang.
You can do things such as:
- Reloading your magazine
- Loading your magazine
- Unloading your magazine
- Mounting your firearm
- Drawing your pistol
You have more training opportunities at home, than you do going to a live fire range. So just realize that there’s much more to work on than just making the gun go bang.
#2 Practice These Techniques
Point number two in how to practice shooting is actually working on those things that I talked about. So practice your mounts, your manipulations, and your malfunctions. Anything you can do manipulating and moving that gun around or the magazines around and working with your gear.
Doing things such as getting into different positions, and actually practicing those things is going to make you a better shooter. And you can do all of that at home.
#3 EyeSight and Grip Strength
Number three is to work on other things that don’t directly involve shooting a firearm, but they’re going to help you shoot better. So improving your vision or improving your grip strength are great ways that you can train without a live fire shooting range.
If you improve your vision that’s going to help you focus better. If you improve your grip strength that’s going to help you hold the firearm better. So get yourself a front sight focus string and start practicing your grip strength. All of these things are going to make you a better shooter, and you can do it all at home.
#4 Practice Visualization
Alright, number four is practicing visualization. These are just mental repetitions that we all do, whether you know it or not. We do it with everything, whether we know we do it or not. So this isn’t a new concept for you. This is something you just need to work on thinking about doing.
So when it comes to firearms training, you can visualize everything you can do. The great part about visualization is you can practice perfectly every single time.
#5 SEAL Training App
Alright, so number five is to download my free SEAL training app to track your training. You can get this on iOS or Android and it’s absolutely free. It’s going to give you the ability every time you train to track your training.
Alright, that is it for today’s FAQ. Remember to use these five ways of how to practice shooting without going to a range and please check out my other 19 five and under-five FAQ posts and videos to continue paving your path to perfection.