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.