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There are options, certainly. As an apartment dweller, I have used break-barrel .177 air rifles with lead pellets. I've made a target box with old phone books and newspapers that traps the pellets nicely, and the targets can be taped to the side. It sits in the closet when not in use. Of course, a metal trap can be used too, although it makes a louder ping when in use than the dull thwack of the carboard box. The metal trap has little orange plates though, which are fun to hit. The splattered lead pellets can be a nuisance to pick up, however.

The key is a long hallway or adjoining rooms in order to get the necessary challenging range.
If you have a basement, you might try a similar set up with .22 shorts or something like that without much more of an outlay. You might look into a .177 rifle or pistol or both, depending on your preferred shooting practice.
 

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Old ROTC and Army manuals often have detailed diagrams and instructions on how to do the "pencil trick" for dry fire practice from a 1911.

Taping aiming points up to walls is also handy for dry fire practice.

Simply practicing the draw over and over until it becomes ingrained and automatic, as indicated up post, is also very important, certainly.

An important safety issue with dry fire practice for those of us who keep firearms loaded is that when practice is over, it is over. I have not had a negligent discharge, but dry fire practice can create scenarios to be avoided. In my case, I leave ammo in a room that I never dry fire practice in, and when I re-load the piece in that room, I'm done with the practice session.

While some folks dislike lasers, laser grips, and so forth, they do a great job of gauging steady-hold, flinch, etc. if you have a willing "spotter" while you do dry fire practice. Even if you rely on iron sights, if the laser dot is weaving or bobbing around, something should be corrected. YMMV.

--d.
 
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