Rifleman and pistolero agree: dry-fire – pressing the trigger of a gun confirmed to be unloaded – is important for marksmanship in everything from the introductory phase to advanced skill maintenance. If you see the sight dip or jerk to the side at the “click,” you know what you have to work on.

As a new shooter in California, Jakob Kishon was disappointed that this was all the feedback dry fire afforded, so he has been working on something he and Kevin Creighton call IPTS: Interactive Pistol Training System.  It includes a recoil simulation system that disturbs sight alignment and forces the shooter to come back on target,

It’s electronic, wireless, and comes with a couple of interactive targets.  The Glock-ish pistol gives assorted feedback metrics, and doesn’t require you to lift your head from your sight picture to see where a laser dot is hitting, a downside with the laser-based dry-fire trainers now available.  MSRP is projected at about $400.  Diligent dry-fire work could pay that off in ammo savings on the first day of use.

It’s still in very early stages and looking for investment funding, but seems to have promise.  See lots more info about it on IndieGoGo.

Offered for your consideration.


  1. Interesting concept of a recoiling non-gun and targeting/diagnostic system. I’ll reach out to them, perhaps we could synergize.
    Ján Sabo, CoolFireTrainer.com (drop-in recoiling laser barrel conversion for your real pistol).

  2. I can second the need for “Dry Firing”, with One Small Word Of Caution!

    If you Are Dry Firing Any Olld 1873 Model Colt, or Faithful Clone, With the Fixed Firing Pin, You Will Have To Make Sure You Only Do With Whatever Caliber “Snap Cap’s Install in Every Cylinder, Or You Will Be Having To Install New Firing Pins Regularly, and Even Run The Risk Of Your Firing Pin Breaking While Actually Firing The Weapon While Firing Live Ammo As Well.

    Lastly You might Figure You Would Ever Encounter This Problem With Semi-Auto Weapons, But There Are/Were Some of The Foreign Made Semi-Autos That (Star Model B 9 mm) That Came Out With just a Straight Firing Pin, That were Prone To Breaking During Dry Firing Sessions. But Could Be Altered To Use The Colt M1911 Style Firing Pins, By Some Competent Gun Smith’s Though.

    dry Fire It,

  3. OK Stupid questions here, Is it more important to dry fire using the same type and style of system or is any style ok? I’m comparing revolver vs semi-auto. And Another stupid question, how the heck do you even dry fire a semi-auto much when you have to rack the slide each time? Not even going to the issues with the firing pins that are way beyond my knowledge at this time.

  4. Not a stupid question at all. Double action guns are certainly easier and more convenient for dry fire. The skill of trigger control is transferable gun to gun, but serious shooters want EXACTLY the same trigger pull as their primary firearm. This dry fire element is one argument in favor of double action only guns with second strike capability.

    You’re seeing why Glock makes a special dry fire model, why SIRT makes repeatable trainers replicating Glocks and S&W M&Ps, and why this new company will definitely have a market if they can get up and running.

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