Basics Time Again - Trigger Control and the Firing Hand
OK, we did Breathing, now it is time for trigger control and what to do with your firing hand.
Q. Where do I put my finger on the trigger?
A. Current instruction for hunting and tactical style rifles is to use the tip portion of the finger.
Q. Why the tip?
A. Better control - more sensitive.
Q. Anything not to do?
A. Lots. First, don't let any other part of your finger contact the trigger guard. Many guys prefer to cup their palms slightly, as opposed to pressing the palms flat to the pistol grip. Never jerk the trigger, practice a smooth, controled break. Don't forget to incorporate trigger control with your breathing.
Q. How do I practice trigger control?
A. Easy, dry firing is essential to learning smooth trigger control. Examine your sight picture at the moment the trigger breaks, evaluate crosshair movement and practice till there isn't any.
Q. What about the rest of my fingers?
A. The three below your trigger finger can be used to excert uniform backwards pressure on the pistol grip to assist in controling the rifle during the shot and particularly during recoil.
Q. Where do I put my thumb?
A. Depends on the shape of the stock, pistol grip vs thumbhole, size of your hand. Some people shoot best if their thumb is over the tang, some go along the tang with the thumb facing forward. Some guys try to excert a bit of control with thumb pressure, many prefer to use minimal pressure.
Q. What is the bottom line?
A. The tip of your finger is the final control - jerk the finger and you jerk the shot.
Q. Anything else?
A. Follow through, you've got to remain on the trigger for a second or so after the shot breaks.
Q. How heavy should my trigger pull be?
A. Most experienced shooters can hunt safely with 2.5-3.0 pounds of trigger weight.
Q. What are the elements of a good trigger?
A. Three considerations - weight of pull, movement before let-off (called creep) and movement after let-off (called slack or over-travel). Creep and Slack should be minimal - but there has to be some to ensure that the trigger operates safely.
OK, look forward to any other comments and input on TRIGGER CONTROL stuff.