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DryFire: An Overview

Wordcraft developed DryFire for use at home to provide intensive practice with detailed feedback after every shot.

Expensive or cost effective?

Every clay target you shoot outdoors costs about £0.68 ($0.84, €0.77). 100 DryFire targets each evening would have cost you £68 ($84, €77) outdoors. In two weeks with DryFire you would have shot the equivalent of £952 ($1176, €1078) in real clays - so DryFire quickly pays for itself with intensive practice! See below for detailed calculations.

In the UK in 2007 the Beretta 686 Onyx, the entry level gun in the Beretta range, cost £1,000. In 2020 the same gun has an RRP of £1,795. Top end Berettas, like the DT11 Pro, come in at almost £11,000. This makes DryFire a bargain - and allows you to get the best out of your gun, no matter what you paid for it.

"Over the last few years I reckon that for every cartridge I've put in my gun I've taken over 100 practice targets with DryFire."

Shooting is a skill and, like all skills, it requires good teaching and lots of 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.

DryFire comes in two versions supporting singles, on report doubles and simultaneous doubles:

Videos

Some of our videos are on YouTube, others are available here for downloading in .mp4 and .wmv formats. .wmv files are faster to download but they are Windows only and not supported by Google Chrome or Apple.

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 shipped by Wordcraft 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.

Tom is changing his position between stands but 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 provides audible messages about stand changes.

Tom is using a painted canvas background and a polystyrene trap house to make the experience a little more real - these items are available from the DryFire USA web site. DryFire 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.

Benefits of DryFire

  • Intensive shooting practice.
  • Practise indoors, anytime, in the warm and dry.
  • Covers all key aspects of clay shooting:
    • setup,
    • hold point,
    • call "Pull",
    • target acquisition,
    • gun mount,
    • gun movement,
    • lead,
    • shoot,
    • follow through,
    • relax.
  • 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.
  • Software available from the support 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

Initial setup:

Basic gun setup:

Chokes setup:

Cartridges setup:

Point Of Impact setup:

Flinch

Flinch is the anticipation of recoil which causes the shooter to tense shoulder muscles, push slightly forward and possibly close both eyes at the same time as pressing the trigger. Flinch is a bad thing and can result in the shot string going lower than anticipated. Losing control of gun movement for a fraction of second is not a good idea!

The bad news is that, in our experience, almost everyone suffers from flinch to one degree or another.

How do wo know? Simple. We watch people shooting with DryFire for the first time.

In almost every case we see the movements associated with flinch. In some extreme cases we have seen people forced to step forward after shooting because the anticipated recoil didn't happen and they overbalance.

Apart for clearly demonstrating that DryFire is so realistic that shooters believe they are taking real shots, it also demonstrates that flinch is more widespread than most people believe.

In itself DryFire won't cure flinch - but it can help. It diagnoses the problem and allows you to take hundreds of shots without recoil until flinch goes away completely while shooting indoors. The first time you go outdoors your flinch will certainly be less than before and you know you have to keep working on it.

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.

Note: prices and exchange rates change all the time - so use the spreadsheet to do your own calculations.

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.