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Dry Fire Manipulations for the SLR / Patrol Rifle Course
A Crucial Skill for SLR / Patrol Rifle Operators


TUITION:  $245

Course description:

Dry fire manipulation is an essential skill for any patrol rifle operator.  It involves practicing rifle manipulations without live ammunition, usually with a dummy or inert round.  While it may seem counterintuitive to train without actual rounds, dry firing allows for repetition and muscle memory development in a safe environment.

APT Firearms Academy's Dry Fire Manipulations for the SLR / Patrol Rifle Course will cover the various aspects of dry fire manipulation specific to patrol rifles and its importance in effectively operating a rifle.


Why dry fire manipulation?

Dry firing allows students to develop and refine their shooting abilities without the added stress of live ammunition.  It also enables instructors to observe and correct any errors in technique, improving overall performance.  With no recoil or muzzle blast, students can focus on proper form and techniques, resulting in more efficient movements.


Mastering manipulation techniques

The course will cover various manipulation techniques specific to patrol rifle usage.  These include:

  • Fighting stance:  The foundation of any shooting technique is a solid fighting stance.  It allows for balance, stability, and recoil management while engaging targets.

  • Loading / unloading:  Properly loading and unloading a patrol rifle is crucial for both safety and efficiency.  This includes techniques like press-checking, clearing malfunctions, and using the bolt release or charging handle.

  • Utilizing slings:  Single and two-point slings are commonly used with patrol rifles for added stability while shooting.  Students will learn how to properly adjust, sling, and transition between different sling positions.


Reloading techniques

Speed, tactical, and forced reloads are all essential skills for any patrol rifle operator.  These techniques allow operators to quickly replenish their ammunition in different scenarios, such as during a firefight or while moving to cover.  Proper form and efficient movements will be emphasized during these drills.


Addressing stoppages

The course will also cover the most common stoppages that can occur with a patrol rifle and how to address them effectively. This will include techniques such as tap-rack-bang, immediate action drills, and remedial action procedures.


Transitions to pistol

In a real-life scenario, there may come a time when an operator needs to transition from their primary patrol rifle to a secondary pistol.  This course will cover the proper techniques for transitioning between these firearms and engaging targets effectively.

Equipment needed:
1.  Rifle (magazine fed)
2.  2 magazines
3.  Rifle sling
4.  Magazine carrier
5.  Pistol and holster



Dry fire manipulation is a crucial skill for any patrol rifle operator.  By mastering these techniques, students will develop muscle memory, improve their shooting abilities, and enhance their overall performance in real-life scenarios.  The course will provide a safe and controlled environment for students to practice and refine their skills, ensuring they are prepared for any situation that may require the use of a patrol rifle. So, if you want to be an effective and efficient patrol rifle operator, mastering dry fire manipulation is a must.  Enroll in APT's course today and enhance your tactical capabilities!  See you on the range!

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