DryFire: An Overview
Wordcraft developed DryFire for use at home to provide intensive practice with detailed feedback after every shot.
Shooting is a skill and, like all skills, it requires good teaching and lots practice between lessons or between competitions. Practice doesn't come cheap in terms of time, cartridges and clays but with DryFire you can shoot hundreds of targets every day in your own home with a level of feedback impossible outdoors.
Aislin Jones - world champion and DryFire user
Born in 2000, Aislin Jones became the youngest woman to win the Australian National Championship in 2016 and she is the current Oceania Region Junior Women's Skeet Record holder.
In 2018 she became the Junior World Skeet Champion.
Great stuff Aislin - well done!
You don't get to be a champion without good instructors and lots of dedicated practice - the sort of thing DryFire is designed for. Aislin used the laser version of DryFire for practice.
We helped out with the original funding for Aislin's web site but we don't sponsor her - nor have we paid her in any way to say nice things about Dryfire. Obviously we are dead chuffed (*) that she has done so well after lots of practice with DryFire!
She purchased her DryFire system off-the-shelf from our Australian distributor.
* For those outside the UK: "chuffed" means "pleased" and "dead chuffed" means "extremely pleased".
An example of feedback provided by DryFire
The example below shows two shots taken at the same target.
- The first shot was high and to the left - as shown in the left hand result box. Note the green line at the bottom of the box - this matches the border of the circular image of the shot pattern shown in relation to the clay's trajectory which is displayed as a dashed yellow line.
- The second shot, with the blue border, was very low and to the left - it was also taken very late with the clay over 52m from the trap.
DryFire in action - a round of trap
The video below is from the DryFire USA web site and shows Tom Ridge, our US distributor, shooting a round of American Trap followed by a few skeet targets. Tom is using Version 4 of the DryFire software - the current release is Version 5.
If you look carefully during the video you can just make out that Tom has mounted his DryFire unit upside-down on the ceiling (the DryFire software allows for this) and he has placed his laptop to his right to show the results of each shot.
To make the experience more "competition ready" Tom has installed the Move Around the Room (MAR) optional add-on to move between stations. This is not normally necessary because DryFire always brings the targets to you so you see them exactly as you do at the shooting ground.
Note how the DryFire software tells him each time he should move from one station to the next.
Tom is using a painted canvas background and a polystyrene trap house to make the experience a little more real. DryFire also supports an optional "projection mode" which works with a PC data projector to display backgrounds as well as a variety of targets including clays and game.
Tom has the advantage of a very wide wall (he built a room just for DryFire!) but DryFire works with any wall from 3m to 5m in width.
The DryFire wrap round trigger switch works with all types of guns.
Most shotguns have "inertia block" triggers which use recoil from the first shot to reset the trigger for the second shot. In the second half of the video Tom is using a shotgun with a "direct" or "mechanical" trigger mechanism that doesn't require recoil to reset for the second shot. This type of mechanism is sometimes fitted to more expensive shotguns.
Tom has chosen not to use the trigger switch so he has selected the "seismic mode" function in to the DryFire Universal Gun Assembly (UGA). Seismic mode is sensitive to a sharp vibration along the barrel such as that caused by the firing pin after the trigger is pressed.
The downside of using seismic mode is that the gun must be opened and closed after each target to reset the trigger for the first shot - something not required when using the wrap round trigger switch.
The wrap round trigger switch works with everything!
Benefits of DryFire
- Intensive shooting practice.
- Practise indoors, anytime, in the warm and dry.
- Covers all key aspects of clay shooting:
- hold point,
- call "Pull",
- target acquisition,
- gun mount,
- gun movement,
- follow through,
- Builds muscle memory ready for shooting outdoors.
- Improves concentration - if you don't concentrate with DryFire you will miss - just as you would miss outdoors.
- Presents the full range of clay targets: trap, skeet, sporting, FITASC.
- Targets travel through the same angular trajectories, at the same angular speed, as real clays.
- Detailed hit/miss information showing exactly where the shot pattern went in relation to the clay.
- Huge saving in travel, clay and shotgun costs - shoot 100/200 targets every evening!
Key features of DryFire
- USB connection to a Windows 10 or Apple Mac PC.
- Free software available from the downloads page.
- A wide range of optional-add ons.
- Displays single, simultaneous doubles and on-report doubles.
- Covers all disciplines: trap, skeet, sporting and FITASC - including American and Olympic versions.
- Allows for wind direction and speed.
- Supports all types of chokes.
- Supports all types of cartridges.
- Laser version can be used against any plain wall - 4m to 5m wide.
- Projection version can be used with a PC data projector against a wall or screen.
- Projection version projects real-world backgrounds and computer generated targets.
- Universal Gun Assembly is battery operated - recharges from a USB connection to a PC or charger.
- Built-in microphone for you to call "Pull".
- Detects when you shoot and provides detailed feedback on where your shot went.
- Rubber feet to protect surfaces it is placed on.
- Tripod bush for mounting on a photographic tripod.
Sample setup screens for Version 5
Basic gun setup:
Point Of Impact setup:
The cost of winning
It doesn't matter if you are a Sunday shooter or a potential champion - we all want to do better. Even if we don't take part in formal competitions we compete with ourselves to do better than last time or to be consistent in our performance. We all want 25/25!
DryFire is designed to provide the quantity of practice we need - and we admit it isn't cheap - but let's look at the true cost of improving performance or winning - at club, national, regional or world level.
Click here to download the spreadsheet.
We'll start with some assumptions about a single trip to the shooting ground:
- Travel: £0.50 per mile.
- Distance to shooting ground: 10 miles.
- Cartridges: £6 per 25.
- Clays: £6 per 25.
- Number of rounds per visit: 2.
Now the sums: 0.50 x 20 + 6 x 2 + 6 x 2 = £34.00 for 50 targets - £0.68 per target.
Let's be conservative and assume you shoot only 100 targets every evening with DryFire.
So, in one evening you have shot 100 targets which would have cost £68.00 at the shooting ground.
Lets imagine you selected a DryFire system that, in total, cost you £1,000.
1,000 / 68 = 14.7 - your DryFire system pays for itself in a fortnight!
Do your own sums based on your personal travel, cartridge and clay costs - you will quickly see that DryFire can save you thousands if you are committed to the amount of practice required to become a winner.
Some DrFire users shoot 20,000/40,000 simulated targets per year - we'll let you do the sums.