Want to be a better shot with your pistol? There’s no shortage of advice out there for shooters who want to improve their aim, but almost no one talks about the one tip that could take your aim to the next level.
It’s something called trigger management. Trigger management is a fundamental shooting technique, and is a technique that everyone is capable of learning.
Mastering it will give you better overall control over your pistol and better accuracy as well.
The whole point of trigger management is that you want to stop your gun from moving around as you pull the trigger. After all, no matter how well you have your target lined up, if you move the gun as you pull it trigger your aim is going to be off.
There are two parts to learning trigger management: Becoming completely comfortable with how your gun’s trigger feels and honing your technique to keep the gun as still as possible as you shoot.
In order to hold your gun steady as you shoot, you’ll need to use the proper grip. The crush grip is the technique you should use to accomplish this.
A quick rundown on the crush grips is that you act as though you are crushing someone’s hand during a handshake. In other words, squeeze really hard.
Another thing you need to do is change where you position your trigger finger on the trigger. You need to make contact with the trigger further down your finger, close to your first joint.
The reason for doing this is that it makes it easier to pull the trigger because you’ll have more power. The result is that you won’t wiggle the gun as much because it won’t be as hard to pull the trigger.
That’s all you need for your grip…now it comes down to becoming comfortable with how your trigger feels. There are three parts to pulling the trigger, and you’ll need to be comfortable with all of them.
First up is when you initially start pulling the trigger. This is where all the slop or loose movement is. There shouldn’t be any tension or resistance here.
Second is the part where you start feeling tension. The final part is the last bit of pressure you need to apply to actually fire the gun…this is also where most people mess up because they get nervous as they anticipate the loud noise and recoil of firing their gun.
Another mistake people make is moving too quickly from “stage 2” to “stage 3”. You’ll have to do a lot of practicing to get used to this.
Dry firing at home is a great way to practice the crush grip and get familiar with how your gun’s trigger feels.