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Old 07-01-2010, 06:32 AM
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Re: MARKSMANSHIP BASICS - Trigger Control

A some what relaxed hold....slow trigger pressure (concentrate on feeling the sear movement)....and what happens is that I'm totally surprised that the rifle has fired....my follow through is to let the rifle do what it does, I don't man handle it...
This has improved my shooting more than anything I have ever learnt and applied...every shot should feel like a surprise, no anticipation of the shot.....
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Old 07-08-2011, 10:17 AM
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Re: MARKSMANSHIP BASICS - Trigger Control

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I would sincerely appreciate the experienced shooters on this site giving me a few minutes so we can discuss some basics. Very simple. Please answer the following questions, doing so will provide info for new shooters and perhaps also for the experienced guys. Plus this will give me something to think about for the book I am working on.

#1 Describe what portion of the trigger finger touches the trigger. (My personal description is 'the trigger should be placed directly under the cuticle of the trigger finger'). Agree?

#2 Describe the position and tension applied by the thumb.

#3 Describe the position and tension applied by the bottom three fingers.

#4 Describe the importance of follow-through and how long you consciously remain on the trigger after the shot.

#5 Do you try to cup your palm if your stock does not have a palm swell? Some instructors teach that you should have "air in your palm", no direct contract with the pistol grip. Comments.

#6 Do you practice trigger control by dry-firing?
First off I highly recommend getting a trigger job done on the rifle, not so light that it goes off when the gun if bumped hard but light enough that it will kind of surprise you. Too hard of trigger makes you hold your breath too long and sometimes jerk it because it does not go off. I prefer 2.5 to 3# for a hunting rifle. This is heavy enough not to accidentally go off but light enough to make a long range shot.

#1 Place the trigger in the middle of the tip of your finger (the trigger will be directly behind the cuticle). If you put too much of your finger thru the trigger it will cause you to push your shot.

#2 and #3 should be a solid grip with even pressure but definitely not a white knuckle grip.

#4 Concentrate on the target, no sudden movements because it will throw you off target. Reacquire target in scope after shot, do not look over the target.

#5 I am not a fan of a pistol grip for a stock. I only use palm swell.

#6 Dry fire, concentrate on target and breathing. Try to clear your mind and make sure that when the firing pin drops, you did not jerk the trigger or move the gun. Practice, practice, practice...

One thing that was not asked was breath control, long deep breath will help calm your nerves. Exhale half of your breath and hold for the shot. Do not hold it too long, the first thing to go is your eyesight if you hold your breath too long. After the shot or if you have held your breath too long, exhale completely and breathe in and out a couple to times to oxygenate your blood. If you have to make another shot, follow same steps from above.
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Old 01-01-2012, 07:15 PM
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Re: MARKSMANSHIP BASICS - Trigger Control

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The only place I feel confident about offering any advice is dry firing. I was shown this routine several years ago and it has helped me a lot. It is probably common knowledge for many here but I thought I’d share anyway.

Exercise 1. Have a buddy or preferable a video camera, assist you. Get into the prone position and acquire a target in your scope. With your buddy or video camera closely watching your dominant eye, squeeze off a “shot”. Repeat. Did your eye move? You would be surprised at how many people will blink or flinch their eye upon squeezing the trigger. Practice dry firing until there is NO eye movement upon the shot. (This works better if the shooter doesn't know that he is being observed for eye movement so that he/she is concentrating soely on the shot and not his/her eye. Be honest with yourself.)

Exercise 2. Once you have “mastered” exercise one and can confidently squeeze the shot off without any eye movement you can retrieve your friend or video camera. Repeat the same exercise but instead of focusing on the entire eye or eye lid, focus only on the pupil. Many people’s pupils will dilate upon the shot even if they aren’t blinking their entire eye. This is a subconscious “flinch” that can be unlearned with dry firing.

Exercise 3. Retrieve your buddy. While lying prone with the rifle supported in a shooting position (preferably on bags or bipod) have your buddy balance a coin on the end of the barrel an inch or so back from the muzzle. Squeeze off a “shot”. Did the coin fall? If it fell off due to flenching then try again.

The difficulty of this exercise can be increased or decreased due to barrel diameter and finish but the overall feel will remain. It is much harder to balance a coin on a thinly blued featherweight pencil barrel than it is an inch diameter parkerized barrel. Either way it can be done. For me, this exercise is much like sneaking a “dead” load into a gun to embarrassingly demonstrate to a buddy how much he is flinching.

These short exercises should be performed while holding the crosshairs on a target.

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Wow this seems like a great practice. especially after putting a muzzle brake on a magnum cartridge that you just developed a flinch for
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Old 03-15-2012, 12:05 AM
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Re: MARKSMANSHIP BASICS - Trigger Control

Thanks for that, it's much appreciated!
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Old 03-11-2014, 10:55 PM
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Re: MARKSMANSHIP BASICS - Trigger Control

#1 Describe what portion of the trigger finger touches the trigger.

The pad of the trigger finger makes contact with the trigger surface. The "pad" is the area near the tip of the finger, midway between the end of the finger and the first knuckle.

#2 Describe the position and tension applied by the thumb.

The thumb rests along the side of the stock. It is not allowed to grip the stock or apply pressure in any other way.

#3 Describe the position and tension applied by the bottom three fingers.

The bottom three fingers press lightly, straight back, on the pistol grip portion of the stock. The assure that the butt maintains proper contact with the shoulder without introducing stress or strain within the torso.



#4 Describe the importance of follow-through and how long you consciously remain on the trigger after the shot.

I remain on the trigger for a second or two after each shot or the amount of time it takes for the rifle and my body position to completely absorb and recover from the shot.

#5 Do you try to cup your palm if your stock does not have a palm swell? Some instructors teach that you should have "air in your palm", no direct contract with the pistol grip. Comments.

When you don't wrap the thumb around the stock your hand naturally cups, if only slightly, to form that "air in your palm" hold. I think the concept is sometimes overworked so that some shooters (especially new shooters) exaggerate the position and that it often becomes an obstacle to progress in development of accurate shooting practices.

#6 Do you practice trigger control by dry-firing?

Yes, but only with a dummy round in the chamber to protect the firing pin.
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