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Hey Gun Geeks. I’m Destinee from FateofDestinee Media.
This video is part of a series geared toward newer shooters focusing on
trigger pull. If you’re already an advanced marksman,
feel free to share this with the newer shooters that you know. How do you pull off the perfect handgun
shot? One of many factors that can affect your
marksmanship is having a good trigger pull. Here are three tips I’ve compiled from
various professional marksmen–and markswomen– and firearms instructors, including Julie
Golob, Ben Stoeger, and Massad Ayoob, to help perfect your
trigger pull. Isolate your trigger finger. Of any
advice that I’ve been given to improve trigger pull, this is one recommendation
I’ve heard most often. Sounds a bit tricky, after all, most people’s fingers are generally pretty well attached to their hands. Fortunately, once you start thinking
about it, it’s actually pretty easy to accomplish. In her book, Shoot, Julie Golob points out
that your grip can have a significant effect on your your trigger pull. Squeezing a pistol grip like it’s about
to run away from you has a way of making your hand curl into
a fist, including your trigger finger. When your
trigger finger pulls inward, it has a tendency to pull the shot off to one side: leftward for right-handed shooters, and
rightward for a left-handed shooters. Additionally, if you gradually squeeze
your grip tighter while preparing to fire, you can pull shot off to the right or
left, depending on, you know, which is your dominant firing
hand. If you take a moment to think about separating your finger from the squeeze of your grip, you can
help isolate it from these negative effects. This isolation is especially helpful
when you’re shooting with two hands. In this way, you can use the majority
of your hand strength to keep your firearm steady, and just like your trigger finger work
on just interfacing with that bang switch. You
should be able to move your finger freely in and out of the trigger guard with no effect on the position of your
aim. In his book, Practical Pistol, Ben Stoeger summarizes this goal of good
trigger pull very succinctly. He says, what matters is breaking the
shot without disturbing the sights. Don’t pull, compress. Have you ever had someone tell you that
you’re “jerking the trigger?” Like I mentioned with isolating your
trigger finger, how you manipulate the trigger can also alter your aim, generally from
side to side. “Jerking,” or “slapping” the trigger
generally means you’ve tried to pull the trigger somewhat too quickly or
forcefully. Milking the trigger is another phrase
for putting too much force into your trigger pull, which will have the same effect. In doing this, you’ll
kind of yank your aim a bit downward and in the direction
of your pull. For right-handed shooters, that results in rounds that land low and left of center, and then vice versa for lefties.
To correct this, Massad Ayoob thinks of “rolling” the trigger to generate that
smooth, straight pull. Along the same idea, I like to
think of my finger on the trigger actioning like a piston in an engine. Pull it straight backward with as little side to side finger movement as possible, which is easier to do, once your trigger finger is isolated. This precise, machine-like trigger pull
fits in well with the next technique. Smooth squeeze. Once your shot is lined
up, and your trigger finger is isolated, you’re ready to begin that perfect pull. Keep it smooth. Massad
Ayoob recommends reciting a mantra in your head while you pull, kind of like, “slooooow” or “squeeeeze” (that’s the one I use). When using this method to execute a precise shot, I focus on keeping my grip steady, my front sight lined up on my target, and smoothly working the trigger back
while thinking, “squeeeeze.” When the gun actually fires, it’s almost a surprise. These three techniques aren’t the
only elements of trigger pull that you can develop, only a
starting point to help a new shooter get to work on the basics. These advices are more geared toward
static range or dry fire practice to help
develop the skills that, once mastered, can improve marksmanship in whatever situation the shooter may need, whether that’s dispatching a couple of
aluminum cans in the field out back, bringing home a more impressive paper
bullseye to stick on the fridge, getting more comfortable with firing a
chosen conceal carry pistol, or eking out a few extra points at
your next competition match. When was the last time you brushed up on
your trigger skills?

100 thoughts on “3 Easy Ways to IMPROVE YOUR TRIGGER TECHNIQUE- FateofDestinee

  1. Des your effort taught me if the gun and hand size are not proportionate to get a finger on the trigger and build a grip from there.   I wanted to honor the instructor that presented that to you but couldn't find the video.  Mr Leboeff I think and I apologize for the spelling.  That helped get a grip at 6'6" and shoot the sig p238.  Amazing advice.   Now the trigger finger itself is next.  You have taught me that what you say is researched and given thoughtful practical application and I will pay close attention to your recommendations.  Huge thanks.

  2. Couple of practice tips using a wooden dowel.  NOTE:  These are off-range tips that require you to clear your weapon.

    1.  Measure the distance between the point where the pad of your finger contacts the trigger and where the web of your hand contacts the grip.  Cut a dowel to this length.  Place one end of the dowel in the web of your hand and the other end on the pad of your trigger finger.  Now practice that straight back squeeze.  You should be able to see and feel what you are doing both right and wrong.

    2.  NOTE:  Ensure that you have a clear weapon.  Take a dowel just smaller than the bore of your weapon and cut it to be about twice your weapon length.  Insert the dowel into the barrel and practice your trigger pull while watching the end of the dowel.  The object to to keep the tip of the dowel as steady as possible.

  3. Good info D. I find it helps most new shooters to relax as well. Some are so tense its amazing they don't fall when the wind blows. I like the part about compressing, for me I concentrate more on the feel of the back strap compressing into my palm than the trigger moving.
    How did your gathering on the 16th turn out?

  4. My first shooting lesson was when I was 7 or 8 years old. My dad, God rest his soul, introduced me to his .22 Ruger Mark 1 Red Eagle. He told me to squeeze the trigger like a banana. I was amazed! I actually hit that old tin can. That firmly established my passion for shooting. I am now 65 years old and my carry weapon is a Sig/Sauer P250 in .45 ACP. I still squeeze my trigger and instinctively isolate my trigger from my grip hand. Well done young lady and as usual, I enjoyed your A/V presentation.

  5. Good video. Most do this or must do that advice usually leads to "It's my sights"…lol. A relaxed focus usually works best. At least for me.

  6. Very helpful, thanks! Some claim center your nail bed on the trigger and some say wrap your finger around it. Which do you recommend?

  7. this is great advice to improve accuracy and better a shooting experience and, even if it's not the first time to hear it all in one place, the great handwriting and amazing drawing skills make this video a pleasure to watch! (= you have many great talents! 

  8. I have helped others to learn to shoot their new pistols. I have said many times," letting the gun going off, should almost surprise you". Glad to hear you say the same thing. Thanks again for all of your hard work!

  9. Thats pretty much what I've always done slow and easy . but I'm not a competition shooter .speed is what I need to learn.

  10. Very nice Dest. I think everyone can learn from these vids.I really like this format, I pay more attention because I try to catch all your your extras, like the flying hands at the end, Which made me watch twice to see what I missed.

  11. You pretty much described my shooting!!! I knew what my problem was but you articulated it very well. Thank you for a great lesson, you're great.

  12. I've seen a lot of youtube videos on trigger pull, your's is the best!  Your artistic skills serve you well in communicating the essential skills of marksmanship. Quite possibly your best video yet!

  13. I was at the local range the other day, and the shots I took at the mid-long range positions were all low left. To know what I'm doing and more importantly how to fix it is fantastic. Thanks Ms.D

  14. I've been mulling over this lately. I think it depends on the gun. It would be the same for any pistol grip weapon, and should be considered. People vary in hand size and strength, as well as finger reach. For the Glock pistol, and now others. I'm  of the opinion that the pad of the finger tip is not always relevant. The split trigger-safety can be an issue in both feel and function. Different trigger pull weight is relevant as well, think NYPD. I use the joint at times. I imagine some revolver shooters do as well, with the long heavy pull. It also comes down to the master-grip, and the actual grip that you establish when shooting under stress. All of it needs to be considered, ''trialed'', and manipulated, for best performance at any given time….I forgot my sound adapter, so nice drawing work…lol

  15. Very cool video, showed a friend of mine who just didn't get what I was saying. You visually aided that along with great narration!

  16. That's a good concept that people don't grasp.  When it goes boom there should be no anticipation, just a clean shot.  I was surprised when I shot the racoon at night with almost no light and definitely no sight picture.  Shot was clean.  I want to add in, do it over and over again and do it in different stances.  Different stances will help you find that singular point of control deficiency.

  17. I'm having a heck of time hearing what your saying because Im so focused on the drawings lol good drawings and information

  18. Thank you very much for doing this video.  I love your art work and hope you will do more.  I've been struggling with finger control for a while now and your suggestion of saying, "squeeeeezee…." really helps.

  19. Thanks for the info. I have been shooting for over 30 years and I am always looking for ways to improve. I am going to try a little dry fire practice with some of the things you suggested. Thanks again!

  20. My mantra has always been having that one Bush song "breathe in, breathe out" mostly for rifle shooting. but yea. mantras work!

  21. Enjoyed the video Mam. Thank you. Good to see ladies (and pretty ones) mastering the sport. Be safe out there.

  22. I've seen a lot of videos on trigger pull but this is the first video I've seen that offers new and good information. Thanks!

    On a side note, I just started getting into big bore hand guns since stance, grip, and trigger pull are more critical. You video on the Desert Eagle and 500 Magnum are helpful and encouraging.

  23. New shooter here. Between you and Hickok I have learned alot. Glad I found this video as trigger control is something I am having issue with. Gonna work on it today at the range.

  24. This was the best video I ever have seen to guide a beginner like myself. Your Technique is brilliant! My sincerest thanks.

  25. I noticed this last time at the range. I clamped the pistol with both my hands, then gently touched off the trigger lightly with trigger finger. great improvement.

  26. I train my trigger skills dayli with a cheap gamo PT-85 Co2 pistol, it cheap to shoot and has a trigger that reminds me a bit on the one on my 9mm Shadow… it has made a huge difference for me

  27. I'm right-handed I noticed I was shooting to the left. I will definitely keep in mind my trigger pull and see if that improves

  28. To my recollection I've never had trigger squeeze issues, but moving from snub nose revolvers to a new semi-automatic I noticed my shots were all on top of each other, but about 2 inches left of point of aim. That means it is time to go back to the well and review the basics. Great video, new Subscriber!

  29. one thing you've NOT touched on is recognising that you flench. I had a friend who noticed i flincbed when i pulled my trigger. He loaded some 30 Herrett rounds for me standing free hand i pulled my trigger. my gun almost hit me in the knee. the round was a dummy. he worked with me about a month to rid me of my flinch. I can take my 44 mag and kill anything out to 100 yards and anywhere in between

  30. That was great. I never saw this one before.Also, what ever happened to you? Did you finish school and never say good bye to us? Miss your great videos!!

  31. in basic training our instructor said the most important thing to remember when shooting…."squeeeeeeeeeeze the trigger" hahaha. and he said it just like that …"squeeeeeeeeeeeeze" lol.

  32. I enjoy your videos very much. Somebody taught you very well or you must been around guns for a long time. Cuz you have a very good shot. I would just like to see how you do with some

  33. I was told to imagine squeezing an orange or a lime. So I have a stress ball that I keep in vehicle and each stop, I pull it out and squeeze it. One it keeps me away from cell phone usage ; two it helps with going through the traffic stress and three, helps those fine motor skills of the trigger squeeze. :

  34. Great drawings and instructions. I think 1911 guns have the best trigger that is easy to squeeze. What is your favorite?

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