Trigger Press

The fundamentals of marksmanship are crucial to a great shot.  The fundamentals are subject to many things that are out of our control though.  One would like to have a perfect isosceles stance to help control recoil and give the body a good posture to fight from.  The issue though is you may be knocked on your back and have to fight from there.  You may want perfect sight alignment, but when you’re being pushed over the hood of your car you may not be able to bring those sights to bear.  Your trigger press however, should be the one constant in your fundamentals. 

People want to learn to shoot well.  They want to be the next top shot or some crazy thing.  We hope to be Delta Seal Operator ninjas and shoot like they do in hollywood.  I call shenanigans on that one.  LEARN TO PRESS YOUR TRIGGER!  That low left that your right handed people end up with (low right for us lefties) is more often then not attributed to our inability to press your trigger.  My gun doesn’t shoot well!  Nah, it’s you jerking the trigger.  My sights are off!  Nope, it’s your trigger finger.

What makes a good trigger press?  The manipulation of the trigger straight to the rear without disrupting the sights.  This is one reason why a lot of people like 1911 style pistols.  The mechanics of the gun allow the trigger to be pressed straight back due to the stirrup design of the trigger.  That is not to say that other triggers are not excellent.  One of the best shooters I have had the pleasure of meeting was champion shooter Bob Vogel.  The guy runs a Glock pistol in competition and holds national titles.  The Glock trigger works on a pivot system like so many other handguns out there nowadays.  That guy just has a clear understanding of what a good trigger press is.  I recall one the first major gunfighting class I ever took.  My wife was struggling somewhat with her trigger press.  Clint Smith had her push the gun out, get a good sight picture, and place her finger on the trigger.  Clint then put his trigger finger on top of hers and pressed the shot off for her.  It was a perfect shot.  A light went off in her head and she saw and felt what a perfect trigger press should feel like.  She described it as a hydraulic arm that moves straight back and straight out. 

Dry fire can be a critical element in you defensive marksmanship abilities.  Ammo is expensive right now and will most likely continue to be so.  I ask that you commit to spending 20-30 minutes a week dry firing.  That can mean drawing from the holster, practicing your reloads with dummy ammo, or practicing your trigger press.  The fundaments are subjected to the chaos of a fight.  They will all be effected in some way, shape, or form.  We want that trigger press to be effected the least though.  Marksmanship will solve the fight.  The number one part of marksmanship is that trigger press.  So, press the trigger straight to the rear, reset, and do it over again until the problem is solved.  I’ve heard it said many times, and I’d like to reiterate it.  May God give you clear sights and a crisp trigger press.  Thanks for reading this blog post.  I’m thinking the next post will be a product review on holsters.