Dry Fire Friday Episode 5: M1A(TM) Trigger Press

Posted by Steve Horsman

Jul 15, 2016 11:02:00 AM

It's another week-ending episode of Dry Fire Friday.

Steve Horsman here - And I'd like to walk you through a basic dry fire drill for M1A™ rifle fans. It's a fundamental drill that's good to practice before heading to the range after a short or lengthy break from shooting.

Featured Springfield Armory® Product: M1ASOCOM 16 CQB

Dry Fire Drill:  Rifle Trigger Press & Manipulation

Drill Focus:  Rifle Re-acquaintance

Drill Level:  Beginner

Drill Comments: If it's time to hit the range again after something of an absence, it can be a good idea to re-familiarize yourself with your rifle; from basic operation to it's trigger. Reacquaint yourself with how the gun feels and works. Start with a basic trigger pull, 10-15 times at minimum. Keep your eye on the sights and press the trigger smoothly. Take some time to work the action as well. And if you plan on fast-action, multiple-target engagements at the range, make sure to take an aggressive stance throughout these drills while moving the rifle from one target position to another.

Take it from me - when it comes to these critical fundamentals, practice makes perfect.

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!

Need to get caught up? Check out our previous Dry Fire Friday posts:

Trigger Pulling 101
Intermediate Trigger Pull
Pistol Manipulation
Slide Manipulation

Topics: Tactical Rifles, Shooting Tips, First Time Gun Buyers, Dry Fire Friday, Trigger Pull


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®.