Trigger Finger Placement
shooting handguns, the proper placement position of your finger on the
trigger is on the pad of your finger approximately half way between the
tip of your finger and the first joint. But according to the
range master, it is not a fast and hard rule. What is more important
is that when grasping a handgun you have a space or gap between the base
of your trigger finger and the gun. If you have this gap when you fire
the gun you will have better accuracy because you are pulling the
trigger straight backwards and are not exerting any sideways motion on
the gun during the trigger pulling motion.
|Visible gap between finger
and Glock 26
|Close-up of finger placement
gap on Glock
|Correct finger pad placement
on trigger of
Proper Trigger Squeeze
It's one of the fundamentals of good shooting and is
the ability to pull the trigger straight back without any sideward
motion which would move the gun off target or disturb the sight picture.
Improper squeeze is one of the main reasons shooters miss their targets.
Improper squeeze is usually caused by jerking,
flinching or improper positioning of the finger on the trigger.
Your hand must be properly positioned as high up
as possible on the grip.
Your trigger finger should have a small gap
between it and the side of the handgun to allow for a straight pull
back of the trigger.
The front of the trigger should contact the
mid-pad of the first joint of your trigger finger.
Squeeze with steady increasing pressure. When
you begin to squeeze it you will have a certain amount of slack. You
will then hit the break point of the trigger and the gun will
discharge. If you have a good squeeze you will not know exactly when
the gun fires and you will not tend to flinch or jerk the weapon.
The firing of the gun should surprise you each time you pull the
Tips & Suggestions for Improving Your Trigger
Practice by dry firing your gun.
Practice at the range with a low recoil
.22 caliber handgun. The low recoil and reduced noise will help
Only move your trigger finger during the
squeeze. If your other fingers move you may be applying sideward
pressure to the gun which will disturb the sight alignment.
Concentrate on your squeeze with every shot. By
paying attention and with repetition your trigger squeeze will
Minimize flinching by wearing better hearing
protection. The less noise you hear when it goes bang, the less you
Practice with a
revolver at the range. Load some chambers some with normal loads
and some empty chambers. Spin the cylinder so you don't know when
you pull the trigger if you will fire a live round or an empty
chamber. If you flinch it will be apparent.
Shoot slower and concentrate on trigger pull.
Some people repeat a word or phrase in their
mind as the squeeze the trigger to take their concentration off of
the expected flinching.
Note - It is hard to "unlearn" bad trigger pull
techniques and overcome flinching. It may take several hundred or
thousands of rounds to overcome bad habits. Be patient.
Check Your Finger Position
You can check this for yourself by dry firing at
home. With a verified empty gun (of course) practice dry firing by
aiming at a small object or spot on the wall that is easily visible.
Look for the trigger finger gap, then while aiming, pull the trigger.
The front sight of the gun should not move off the targeted object as
you hear the click. If it does move off target then you are doing
something wrong and need to investigate your technique some more.
The amount of travel a trigger moves before
Break Point of the Trigger
The point of travel of the trigger at which point
the firing pin is release and the gun is fired.
Jerking the Trigger
A quick pulling of the trigger which induces slight
sideward motion and throws you shot off.
The unwanted motion of your body when you anticipate
recoil and the loud bang. Anticipated recoil is difficult to overcome.
When you anticipate recoil you tend to push forward (or down) the muzzle
of the gun which usually results in low shots on the target.
How to stop flinching.
Shopping for a New Hand Gun
Keep your trigger finger gap in mind when purchasing
a new hand gun. At the gun store grasp the gun as if you were going to
shoot it, then look at the placement of your finger. If you don't see
the gap between the gun and your finger as shown in the picture, then
the gun or the handle grips is too large for your hand. Try
swapping grips or look for a different (but smaller gun) to fit your
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