Trigger Pull Techniques

While the concept of pulling the trigger is simple, it can create problems for even the most experienced shooters.

The basics of shooting targets involve these elements:

  • Hold the gun firmly, using the proper grip.
  • Align the sights and focus on the target.
  • Using the index finger, place the center of the pad of the finger on the trigger.
  • Carefully built pressure by pressing the trigger rearward in a smooth motion, while maintaining as little motion as possible.
  • Once the trigger has enough pressure and you pull, the hammer or firing pin activates and the ignition process begins, which fires the gun.

If this process id done correctly, the sight picture will not move and the weapon fires directly at the intended gun target. If however, the shooter flinches before or upon firing the gun, the shot will head in an unintended direction.

Having a smooth, fluid trigger pull is one of the most important shooting techniques.

Good shooters spend a lot of time perfecting their trigger pull. The sign of a top marksman is someone that can pull the trigger and the gun is never out of alignment.

New shooters tend to tense up and pull the trigger abruptly, causing the gun to quickly move and miss the gun target.

It’s important to aim and then focus on squeezing the trigger slowly.

Helpful tips for good trigger pull techniques include:

  • Isolating the index finger’s movement from the rest of the hand and body so the sight picture is not interrupted.
  • Grip and the gun and hold it at about arms length
  • The top of the front and rear sights should be on the same level.
  • The torso should be leaning slightly forward with only a small bend at the waist. Shoulders should be forward of the hips.
  • To properly control the gun, it’s important to have balance. Move the body position forward to have better balance.
  • The grip on a gun should be tight – tighter than someone initially thinks is appropriate.

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Tips to Improve Shooting Accuracy

Whether you’re new to shooting targets or feel as though you have hit a plateau with your shooting abilities, there is always room to improve your shooting accuracy. To help boost your accuracy, it will take discipline, practice and a lot of ammunition.

Below are helpful tips to help you improve your shooting.

  • Slow Down – Even though you want to shoot fast, it’s important to remember that speed will cause you to sacrifice your accuracy. Focus on  sight and trigger control. When working with a rifle, start at 25 yards and
  • with a handgun at 5 yards. Watch your gun targets patterns, and once the pattern is narrowed down, then you can pick up the pace.
  • Dry Fire – Dry fire practice is very important. It can save you valuable money on ammunition. When doing dry fire practice, always make sure there is no ammunition in the gun. While dry firing is boring, it’s important to know the weight of the gun without any noise or recoil. If you’re dry firing in a home, make sure to pull the blinds and notify anyone in the house, so they aren’t surprised to see a gun being used in the home.
  • Off the Bench – It’s easy to become reliant on a shooting bench. It is important to practice from all different types of field positions, such as kneeling, sitting, squatting and off-hand.
  • Training Routines – Vary your shooting routines, so you don’t get into a rut. Consider dividing practice into three different stages: basic shooting skills, skills you know well and skills that are difficult. Try incorporating new or advanced skills towards the end of your shooting routine. Differ your shooting targets, so you don’t get in a rut.
  • When to Stop – Know when you’re tired and when to stop practicing. If you have too much on your mind from work, your ammunition will be wasted, and you risk developing poor shooting habits.