Dry Fire Friday Episode 3: Pistol Manipulation

Posted by Kippi Leatham

Jun 24, 2016 11:15:04 AM

Here we are with Episode 3 of our new video series, Dry Fire Friday.

Today's drill gets you back to basics: how precise is your initial grip from a tabletop position? 

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Dry Fire Drill:  Pistol Manipulation

Drill Focus:  Practice Grip

Drill Level:  Beginner

Drill Comments:  Calling all new shooting students - here's a beginner drill that's a great follow-up to your beginner safety and technique classes. Basic manipulation is meant for those new gun owners who likely don't have a holster just yet - or for those wanting to refresh their pick-up grip technique. Make sure your gun is unloaded, nothing in the chamber and no magazine, and get cracking with a high-quality grip and follow-through.

Do your homework - practice the above drill to perfect your pick-up grip.

Check out the video above, #GetClickin and stay tuned for the next episode!

Dry-Fire Safety Rules

1. Ensure the gun is unloaded, remove the magazine, retract the slide and check that there is no round in the chamber

2. If practicing with magazines, unload all rounds from magazines

3. Remove all ammunition/loaded magazines from the area

4. Find a safe area/direction to practice

5. Remove all distractions - phones, family members, pets, etc.

6. Double-check that the gun is unloaded any time you do have a distraction or interruption

About Dry Fire Friday

In this series, we'll explore fundamental drills, tips and ideas on how you can improve your gun-handling skills. All of the drills will be with an unloaded gun and no ammunition, which is what dry fire means, so you will never have to leave home to practice!

Topics: Shooting Tips, First Time Gun Buyers, Dry Fire Friday


Springfield Armory® recommends you seek qualified and competent training from a certified instructor prior to handling any firearm and be sure to read your owner’s manual.  These articles are considered to be suggestions and not recommendations from Springfield Armory®.