It’s Not All Trigger Control

What are the biggest problems that new shooters struggle with? Aiming, holding, and reestablighing the aim. So, why not just say”aiming” and “trigger control”? Because it’s more than trigger control. Everything that moves the gun before the bullet is gone is a disturbance of the shot. Trigger control is only one of those things. If the trigger is squeezed in such a way that the gun is moved, the bullet’s strike will be affected. The most common problem involving trigger control is for a new shooter to try to “control” the timing of the bothersome bang by jerking the trigger.

triggerNew shooters cannot pull the trigger fast without moving the gun. Is pulling the trigger fast the problem? No. Moving the gun while pulling the trigger is the problem. Watch a professional shooter. They are pulling the trigger amazingly fast without disturbing the shot more than a minuscule amount. How do you do that? You start with perfection at the rate of one shot every 30 seconds or so, and you drill until you can do several shots per second. This is a lot of dry fire in the early period, but it must quickly give way to live fire, especially as the shots begin to come at the rate of a shot per three seconds or less. How long does this training take? There’s no one answer, but in general, it will amount to thousands of rounds for the average person.

What else is there besides trigger control while shooting rapidly? Principally, there’s pre- and post-ignition push. Pre-ignition push is almost always wrong while post-ignition push is critical. The gun must be driven back onto the target, but if the drive starts a split second early, the healthy drive back onto the target becomes a pre-ignition push that will either push the shot up or down depending mostly on whether the shooter is driving forward with the web or the heel of their strong hand. What to do?

(1) A lot of shooting faster than you’re used to. (2) Understanding that it’s not all trigger control. (3) Understanding that recoil must be allowed to happen without interference. (4) Working with someone who knows how to properly analyze your shooting and who knows how to achieve a correction.

Defensive shooting is fast shooting. It is not bullseye shooting, but speed and accuracy still count in a big way.