So I know we all want to go out and sling lead as much as possible. We want to put bullets on target and get that sweet sweet satisfaction that comes from hearing steel ring at 1000 yards. Unfortunately for many of us, especially if you shoot a precision rig (like The Coyote), that can get very expensive, and can make working on the fundamentals very difficult and discouraging. The good is that there are ways to train without firing a single bullet, and the most popular of these is dry fire.
I know what a lot of you are thinking. Dry fire? But that’s boring! Click, Click, Click, Click, Cli……ck. Where’s the excitement in that? And I get it. It can be boring, but it can also be one of the most effective training tools you have if you’ll give it the time you deserve. Professional shooters and military alike can attest to how important dry firing is, and that the more serious you take it and use it in your training regiment, the better you’ll be when it comes time to actually shoot. Which translates to less wasted rounds, and even more enjoyment from your range time as you get more rounds on target and feel that much better about yourself.
But there is problem with dry fire and long range guns. Most long range guns have scopes, and scopes usually have a minimum focus range. For those that don’t know what that is, it basically means below a certain distance nothing you look at will be clear. For many scopes this is around the 50 yard range all though some get down to 25 or 15 yards. But this is a problem for your everyday shooter as many don’t have those distances in their yards, much less inside their house. That’s where the D.F.A.T from DST Precision comes in.
The D.F.A.T. is a device that you can place on the end of your scope that limits the aperture size allowing you to have a much smaller focus range than before. While they advertise being able to get down to 11 feet! I’ve even had luck getting down to a 9 foot range. What this means is that you can setup a little dry fire practice in your hallway and get tons of training in that you wouldn’t have otherwise. And the more dry fire you get in, the better you’ll be when you actually hit the range.
Now while Troy Tyson didn’t invent this type of device he greatly improved on it in several ways including an antiglare coating. If you’d like to learn more specifically about the device, watch my review below and then head on over to DST Precision.
What creative ways have you come up with to get in a little extra long range practice? Let us know in the comments below.