A Good Trigger Pull For The – Competitive Marksman


Competitive Marksmen

Competitive Marksmen

The essence of a good trigger pull is to only move your index finger. Here is the game I always challenge my students with. I have them hold their hand up, palm facing out from their face. Then, I tell them to touch their trigger finger toward the palm of their hand. They think this is the easiest thing in the universe and they quickly send their index finger through the air, all the other fingers following. It does not matter if you are trying this exercise with your right hand or your left hand: hold up your hand and try touching your index finger toward the palm of your hand. And all the other fingers WILL follow. This is, of course, not a great trigger pull maneuver. So, I tell those whom I have challenged that I said, “only move the index finger”, not any of the others. Now the person is baffled. How could such a feat be performed? Thus, the lesson begins. If you firmly place middle finger, ring finger and pinky together, and lock them in place, you are off to a good start. The point is, stabilizing all these fingers together, creates a solid unit easily managed. Next, if you move your index finger exceptionally slowly and with an extremely slow and consistent pace, you will experience the magic of only moving your trigger finger. Try it. You may find your trigger finger cannot touch your palm. That is alright. You are still headed in the correct direction and using correct methodology. When you master this exercise of coordination, I guarantee you will see improvement in your shooting. DSCN3207You will have a lot less anticipated shots. You will have a lot less wild shots. That slow, steady movement of the trigger finger in combination with the firmly fixed other three fingers makes all the difference in the world for a successful trigger pull. Where are the thumbs in all this business? Locked down firmly on top of each other on the grip of the gun. Don’t forget, each finger and thumb has  a job to do. Only the trigger finger moves.tem_3296

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"I worked as a Federal Law Enforcement Officer for over 14 years, in a firearms carrying capacity. First assigned to LAX (1994), then to the Los Angeles/ Long Beach Seaport (1997-2007), I took an early retirement from my final duty station of El Paso, TX (2007-2008). Never having handled firearms prior to this job, I give full credit for my initial shooting lessons and safe firearms handling skills to the government. As I began to compete, I gleaned tips and coaching lessons from the best law enforcement instructors across the nation, turning myself into one of the best, too. I was a firearms instructor in Los Angeles and a national level competitor on a formally sponsored team from 1999 through 2003, being sent all over the nation for pistol match competitions. As a result of this gift of an experience, I went on to set five national records in the law enforcement shooting sports. Check in regularly to read about those and other adventures and misadventures!"
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