Grip, stance, and sight alignment come into play when manipulating a firearm, but competency in all those areas is all for naught if you cannot manipulate the trigger properly. Just jerking the trigger, even with proper grip and stance, will significantly degrade your accuracy. Proper trigger technique is essential.
With his competent and easygoing manner, Braden proceeds to demonstrate proper trigger techniques step by step.
To the novice, it’s easy to assume you just need to grip the gun properly and mash the trigger, and the bullet will impact the target in a reasonably accurate fashion. This is far from the truth. As Braden demonstrates, finger placement is critical. If the trigger is too far out on the tip of your finger, the gun will be pulled in the direction of your dominant hand, i.e. if you are right handed, and you manipulate the trigger with the extreme tip of your finger, the gun will be pulled right upon firing. Conversely, if you curl your finger around the trigger, almost to the first knuckle, the gun will be pulled to the left upon firing.
Both conditions, obviously, will result in significant degradation of accuracy.
Moving on, Braden then shows where precisely to place your finger on the trigger for proper manipulation. The “sweet spot”, as it were, is right in the middle of the pad of your trigger finger. Helpfully, Braden instructs his camera operator to come in close, so you can see precisely how it’s done.
Of course, all this analysis isn’t fully beneficial until it is put into practice, i.e. the fun part – shooting. Braden advises that you load up your firearm with three to five rounds. After taking proper grip and stance, then slowly (very slowly) engage your finger on the trigger and slowly press it back, utilizing his instructions on proper trigger techniques. The resultant shot should almost be a surprise if you do it right. Repeat this drill until your magazine is empty and your firearm locks back. Ideally, you would have multiple magazines loaded up with three to five rounds so you can continue practicing with minimal interruptions. The key, as Braden says, is repetition. You want to reduce the amount of variables via training, so the operation of the firearm becomes a predictable affair.
Much like Braden’s other videos, the trigger techniques he demonstrates are second-nature to myself. Grip, stance, sight alignment, and trigger technique are something I practice (in a safe, controlled manner) almost daily. However, a refresher as instructed by someone of Braden’s competency level is always welcome. Hearing something I know almost innately helps me refine my technique, and analyze any creeping deficiencies that may come up.
As with Braden’s other mini-courses, the video is available here for Science of Skill readers to download.
Photo credit: Dan Vidal/regularguyguns.com
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