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Old 01-26-2018, 12:02 AM
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Default Fundamentals Friday: Trigger Control - Pulling The Trigger Without Moving The Firearm

Welcome to the first Fundamentals Friday! A bi-monthly homework and discussion on handgun marksmanship fundamentals. In this issue, we will focus on:
"Trigger Control - Pulling The Trigger Without Moving The Firearm"

If you haven't already, refer to the Trigger Control -- Trigger Pull page of the Intro to Handgun and Safety.pdf

Trigger Control:
Your sight alignment, sight picture and stance are meaningless unless you're able to keep the firearm from moving when the trigger breaks. When the trigger is pulled, the only thing that should be moving is your finger that's pulling the trigger and the trigger itself. Breathing control can also assist in keeping your body and the firearm still when you pull the trigger. This also means keeping yourself from flinching/anticipating recoil.

Dry Fire Homework:
(Not Recommended for .22s, Centerfire Handguns Only)
Unload your handgun or revolver and clear the chamber/cylinders. Once your firearm is clear, find a wall to face in your household where your muzzle will not point at anyone or any object. For this exercise, we don't want you aiming or acquiring sight picture/alignment, nor do we want you to balance a coin on top of your slide. You will hold your firearm at the ready (proper firm grip with both hands at chest level) while standing, and we want you to focus on pulling the trigger without the handgun moving. Cycle if you have a semi-auto handgun by racking the slide (handguns with the magazine disconnect safety will require you to have the magazine in and release the slide manually). Dry fire for 5-10 minutes, keeping your sole focus on keeping that handgun from moving as the trigger breaks.

Live Fire Homework
Set the target anywhere from 5 to 7 yards. With at least 20 rounds of ammo, you will fire at the target with TARGET FOCUS, NOT FRONT SIGHT FOCUS, meaning you won't be focusing on acquiring sight picture and sight alignment, nor will you focus on the front sight, you will focus mainly on the target and point the muzzle at the center mass area. Your main focus will be just like the Dry Fire Homework and that's pulling that trigger until it breaks without moving the handgun. The goal of this exercise is for you to focus on that trigger pull and managing the recoil without anticipating/flinching, not precision. After 20 rounds, resume shooting as normal with front sight focus and acquire your sight picture and sight alignment for accuracy.

  • Hold the handgun firmly with even pressure on both sides with a proper grip.
  • Acquire your target and where you want the round to go.
  • Pull the trigger properly as fast as you can without moving.


This is perhaps one of the most important fundamentals out of the seven as it will determine where that round will go after it leaves the muzzle. Achieving the perfect trigger pull means practice, knowing your firearm and knowing your body. Please remember to adhere and exercise the 4 Rules of Firearms Safety when you're practicing this at home with dry fire practice or live fire at the range.
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Last edited by Guerrilla Warfare; 01-26-2018 at 3:26 AM..
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Old 02-25-2018, 9:25 PM
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Good article. I still have issues this.

One thing ive done to try to at least gain awareness of what im doing at the trigger break, is to do the 2 or 3 snap caps in the magazine. It helps you to see what habits you think you are correcting but may not be.
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