Shooting Training Tips: Trigger Control

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Pulling the trigger is an essential part of taking a shot and one of the most important steps in shooting training. Even if everything else is perfect in your shooting stance, the shot may not be successful if the trigger control is off. Pulling the trigger is more than just muscle contraction. Below are two shooting training tips to consider to keep in mind when it comes to trigger control.

Trigger Technique

The key point of contact between the gun’s stock and the shooter is the trigger hand. The placement, steadiness and support from the trigger hand can help make the shot every time. Be consistent on your placement and firmness when pulling the trigger. Having your finger in the correct location with the barrel directly in the line of fire shot after shot will make your shots more consistent. Pulling the trigger should be a deliberate and controlled move for best shooting results.

Trigger Configuration

The actual trigger on the gun can also be factor when trying to make a shot. The trigger is like a simple mechanical lever. The resistance that must be overcome to fire the shot depends in part on where the finger is placed on the trigger. Placement has its advantages, whether it is high or low on the trigger. High placement increases the necessary pressure. Low placement will increase the mechanical advantage of the trigger. Low placement also has a tendency to make the trigger feel lighter.

Another factor to keep in mind about the actual trigger is that it can be wider and curved. This offers both advantages and possible disadvantages. For example, a wide trigger spreads the pressure over a larger area, making it feel like it takes less to fire the shot. However, a larger area also means that pressure may be applied to one side more than the other, causing displacement of the gun.

The best shooting training tip to keep in mind is that triggers on firearms are adjustable and replaceable. Find the right one for you!

While there are other factors to keep in mind when pulling the trigger and making the shot, configuration and technique are two areas to practice on the next time you’re working through your shooting training at the range or out on the hunt.


Sellier and Bellot
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