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Common Trigger Finger Mistakes; Too Much Trigger Finger, Jerking, Flinching & More

Law enforcement and military will undergo intense firearm training to ensure they have perfect control of their firearms. There are a lot of different elements to firearm control, and one of these elements is trigger control. There is more than just pulling or squeezing the trigger to fire off the round. The way you pull the trigger can make a lot of difference on your control and accuracy. Shooting Range Industries will share the common trigger control mistakes and how to correct them.

Jerking is an Error in Trigger Control

One common trigger control problem seen in many shooters is jerking. Jerking is more of a mental problem. Many people will believe jerking the trigger will make the round fire faster. Jerking causes the muzzle of the barrel to pull inward. For right handed shooters, the muzzle will pull to the left, and in left handed shooters the muzzle will pull to the right. When at the range, if you take the time for proper sight alignment, yet your shots are to the left (as a right handed shooter) then you may be jerking the trigger. Another way to test your trigger control is to do dry fire exercises. A dry fire exercise is when you practice your handling and trigger control with an empty or unloaded firearm. It is important to be honest with yourself and pull the trigger how you normally pull. When preforming your dry fire exercise, you need to watch the muzzle of the firearm and see if it moves when pulling the trigger. If the muzzle is pulling inwards and doesn’t stay straight, you must determine the cause. Jerking is one of the reasons why a trigger will pull inward.

What Does Too Much Trigger Finger Mean?

Another reason the muzzle will move inward is when the finger is wrapped around the trigger. People are easily influenced by movies and media, in which the actor will wrap their fingers around the trigger. When performing your dry fire practice which part of your finger is touching the trigger? Is the trigger touching the middle of the finger or is it between the first two knuckles? If so, you’re pulling the trigger wrong. This is another common trigger control issue. When activating the trigger, if you are using the tip of the finger, you should never pass the first knuckle. Not only do you want to use the tip of the finger, but you will also want to practice pulling the finger straight and not on a curve. Without a firearm in your hand, pull your index finger as if you are pulling the trigger. The finger creates an arch and your muzzle will pull inward with each shoot. Try to press your finger in a straight line, this is a great exercise that you can do any time during the day and without a firearm.

Flinching in Shooting

Another issue, especially for those newer to firearms, is flinching. Flinching isn’t a problem during the first shot fired but will with the following rounds. Flinching is a reaction to those who are mentally taken back by the loud sound and recoil. That first shot can rattle people and then they flinch during the following shots. The best way to get past flinching is not to anticipate. Instead, try to be relaxed when spending time on the range. It is recommended for first time shooters to start with lower caliber and work their way up. It is important to take the time to get used to the loud bangs and recoils. You must gain confidence with your ability to control the firearm and not to be rattled.

Custom Shooting Ranges for Practice & Training

For those new to firearms, you will never have the same level of training as law enforcement or military will, to gain perfect trigger control. However, with discipline and honesty you can determine if your trigger control needs improvement and how you can become a better and safer firearm owner. For quality range designs, construction and more, contact Shooting Range Industries today.

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