I wanted to send you a quick note to thank you again for your purchase of Dry Fire Training Cards.

There are a couple of things that I wanted to point out and I’ve got a question for you…

First, there was/is an issue that’s popping up for some people when they try to download the printable version of the cards using Firefox.  It’s fine in Internet Explorer and Safari, but if you use Firefox and “right click/save link as”, it works fine, but if you left click, the cards look pretty funky and are missing letters.  If this happened to you, you can either “right click/save link as” in Firefox, or download it in Internet Explorer, or Safari.

In addition to changing this so that Firefox users won’t need to jump through hoops, we’re having the cards redone without the “cut lines” for the printer and with a solid black border that will make it easier for you to cut them out.  I’ll send you an email as soon as those are ready.

If you see value in being able to print the drills in a smaller font on Avery business card stock, let me know by commenting below and if I get enough requests, I can make that happen for you as well.  I can’t tell you how easy they’ll be to read, but if you’ve got eagle eyes, it might be worth it for you.

If you had/are having any issues getting your downloads, please leave a comment below and we’ll be notified immediately by email and get you taken care of ASAP.

One customer wrote in yesterday asking for the definition on some of the terms used in the drills.  Here are the terms and definitions:

Drawstroke: Draw, Drawstroke, and Presentation are overlapping terms for the process of taking your weapon from the holster to having it aimed at your target ready to fire.

Ripping: One thing that guys have found over in the sandbox is that drop-free mags don’t always drop free from handguns when you need them to. It could be because of oil on the mag, water/moisture tension, dirt, or a bulging mag. As a result, many Tier 1 units began training their guys to “rip” or pull the magazine from the weapon.

Assess: The old failure/malfunction drill used to be: Tap, Rack, Bang/Press or Tap, Rack, No-Bang, Rip, 3xRack, Re-insert Mag, Rack, Bang/Press. Because of liability reasons, “Bang/Press” got replaced with “Assess” because some lawyer decided that a violent threat may have disappeared in the <1 second between when your weapon failed and when you finished your reload and were ready to rock again. “Assess” simply means to assess the situation before firing again.

Stovepipe: A stovepipe is a malfunction where an empty shell casing fails to get properly extracted from the chamber and is sticking up (like a stovepipe) when the slide attempts to go back into battery, but can’t because the empty casing is in the way.

Double Feed: A double feed is a malfunction where you have either a live or spent round fully seated in the chamber when the slide attempts to put another round in the chamber.

Releasing the sear: The sear is the part of the trigger mechanism that keeps the firing pin from being released while under tension and striking the primer on your cartridge.

Present: Draw, Drawstroke, and Presentation are overlapping terms for the process of taking your weapon from the holster to having it aimed at your target ready to fire.

Engage: Engaging a target is directing ordinance on a target (bullets, grenades, bombs, missiles, mortars, rockets, etc.) In the scope of handguns, engage=shoot

If you have any questions on other terms or need any clarifications on drills, please let me know by commenting below.

What are your first impressions of the cards?  Any “ah-ha” moments?  Any drills, or classes of drills that you’d like to see?  (I have close to 100 more drills.)  Please let me know by commenting below.