Trigger Control


Today’s lesson is going to be on trigger control. You can probably spend twenty-five years like I have trying to do it correctly, but I’ll show you some techniques that I use, to get you there a little bit sooner.




What I’m trying to do whenever I shoot a revolver of course is to get square on the face of the trigger and I never ever want my finger to leave the face of the trigger anywhere during the firing sequence.



One thing you’ll want to remember about a trigger is, it’s a lever like any other lever. If you hold it up short, it’s going to be hard to pull. If you hold it down long, it’s going to be easier to pull. So what that means to the shooter is if you have strong hands, there’s nothing wrong with grabbing high on the trigger.


If you are a little weak, go ahead and use the bottom of the trigger. It makes for the same performance but one’s easy and one’s hard. The next method of shooting a revolver is called staging a trigger and what that entails is that you grab the revolver in a standard firing mode, but you work your trigger really quick to the rear and that will index the cylinder fully and it will cock the hammer about three quarter of the way and with the last of the trigger pull, get a perfect sight of a alignment, and you press the trigger straight to the rear. This technique is really good on a hard shot or a long range target. It takes up about three quarters of the trigger pull and all you have to do is finish it off and make a real accurate shot.



The next trigger technique we are going to talk about is using the trigger finger as a trigger stop and to accomplish this you have to put your finger further than you normally would with an idea that, as you go through the double action mode, the end of the finger contacts the frame and that gives you a good indication of when you are going to break the shot so you just have a small bit of finger pull, to finalize and make a good trigger pull right there, right at the end.





Anytime you use your finger as a trigger stop, this technique works out really well. If you have a really difficult shot or your shooting a PPC match, or something that requires a fine level of accuracy. It gives you a definite timing to when the shot is going to fire so you can clean it up and make a real good pull and keep it in the x-ring. A good place to try this technique is in the prone position when you want a real accurate shot.



Okay guys, we’re going to review what we did on these techniques, give you some input. Rapid fire you’ll want your finger right on the face of the trigger, just use the pad. For slow fire, for a little bit more accurate shot, you might want to put your finger through a little bit and stage it.



And of course, if you want to get a little bit more precise than either of those other two, you can put your finger all the way through and use it for a trigger stop, and let it contact the edge of the frame allowing you to really know when the shot is going to break and make a really super accurate shot. See you guys next time.



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