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Trigger Control: The Secret to Perfect Accuracy


Hello! Today I’m going to teach you a little
bit about how to shoot more accurately. And the advice I’m going to give you here would
apply to BB pistol, pellet pistol, paintball pistol, or a regular firearm. Now, believe
it or not I’ve been shooting pistols for about 20 years. And I’ve never actually been very
good up until the last couple of years. I remember I used to go to the gun range and
I would try and try and my shots would be all over the place. And I would have people
that worked at the ranges as well as other customers try to help me shoot more accurately.
They would check well how far apart are my feet, what stance am I in, is my arm too bent,
you know am I looking straight. You know, all these different things and nothing seemed
to help. And it wasn’t until just a few years ago that a friend of mine from the military
taught me about trigger accuracy. And to my surprise, that was the problem I had the whole
time. And so I’m going to teach you, um, how to di it. I’m going to be using one of my
favorite BB guns, um, to show you. Now, uh, the best way to explain to explain this is
if anybody has ever driven a manual transmission vehicle, you know that when you operate the
clutch there is a certain spot in the clutch that when you move the pedal over that threshold
the clutch makes contact with the engine. So over time you realize you can ignore this
large area of movement and focus your foot movement ont this tiny little portion of the
clutch. And really it’s very similar when dealing with the trigger. Now what you want
to do is, um, you want to pull the trigger uh..
well you need to find out on your specific gun first, uh, where that threshold is where
you pull the trigger and the gun fires. So what you want to do is, once you figure that
out on that specific gun, uh, when you are aiming you want to go ahead and pull the trigger,
um, to that threshold, and then refocus your aim, and then at that point you can go ahead
and pull the trigger, um, the rest of the way which should fire the gun. Now that in
and of itself will give you greatly enhanced accuracy but if you want to make those perfect
shots, then there’s another trick that you can use.
And thats what, what you want to do is, go ahead and do the first part I told you. Um,
and get that trigger partially pulled. But then, when it comes time to finish pulling
the trigger, pull your finger. Pull it in so slowly that, um, you don’t even know yourself
when the gun is going to fire. You just, you just say you know what, I’m going to, I’m
going to keep pulling the trigger. And I’m just going to let the gun surprise me when
it goes off. And all the time that your doing this, of course make sure your sights are
firmly, uh, focused on the target you’re shooting at. And what you’ll find is that if you take
this advice you will hit the center of the target, every single time, guaranteed. I’ll
give you a quick demonstration. I’ll show you an un-edited video shot of me doing the
exact same thing at 20 feet, uh, with this gun right here. You know, what a lot of people
don’t realize is it’s the movement of the gun caused by pulling the trigger that actually
destroys your accuracy. Um, because believe it or not, um, you know, when you pull that
trigger, it tends to make the gun move side to side or even up and down, depending on
how your grip is. Um, the other advice I can give you is to loosen up. I had always been
told to grip the gun as tightly as possible, especially when shooting like a 9mm or 45.
You know, I’ve always been told “that gun’s going to jump out of your hand, you have to
hold it as much as possible” well that’s just not true. Um, you’ve got this little section
of the gun right here and that’s where most of the force is going
to go, and yeah the gun may go up a little bit, now these don’t because they don’t have
much recoil, but a real firearm would. But it’s still not going to jump out of your hand.
And really, these bottom two fingers , uh, don’t really put a whole lot of grip
on that. Uh, just kind of let, you know, use a little grip with this finger here, but let
these two, uh, fingers, uh, let them be kind of loose. And just hold the gun mostly with
your middle finger and go to shoot with your top finger. And uh, that, uh because the force
of those bottom fingers on the grip, uh, will also cause the gun, uh, to move while you’re
trying to shoot it and when you’re trying to pull the trigger, so, again, just loosen
up on it, middle finger being the main main thing holding the gun, and then pull it to
the threshold, and when you get to that threshold just keep tightening your grip just ever so
slightly, just a little bit at a time till the gun goes off and you’ll get it. Um, I
want to show you something else fascinating that happened during the filming of this video.
Uh, I’m going to show you the same clip I showed you a minute ago where I was showing
the trigger control up close. But I’m going to let the clip finish a little bit. See if
you can figure out what happened here? I thought there was something wrong with the
gun, but the gun kept firing. as you’ll notice. Well, believe it or not, the source of that
hissing was actually the CO2 cartridge. I was afraid it was the gun had broken, or the
seal or something had messed up inside. I’m very glad that wasn’t the case because that’s
my favorite BB gun and its also the most accurate one I had, uh which is the reason I used it
for this video. Um, but it turns out it was this CO2 cartridge. I know this because I
stuck another CO2 cartridge in there and I shot off about 50 rounds off the gun and it
didn’t have any problems. So what I think happened is its got this little cap around
the top, and uh, I think, I think it uh that’s where the leak occurred. So it was actually
leaking directly out of the side of the CO2 cartridge. Anyway, I’ve never seen anything
like that happen before. But, like I said, at least it wasn’t the gun. Thanks for watching!

31 thoughts on “Trigger Control: The Secret to Perfect Accuracy

  1. yup, the inner gun mechanics of the firing cycle can really screw up the accuracy of the shot.
    that's why I have 2 distinct aiming times for each shot, the first one really at the beginning to make the first aiming and the second time at the exact time of hammer release (which is different for DA and SA). At this second time I really make a big effort to make sure the aiming is at the right spot.

  2. Another tip that can help with accuracy I have learned through shooting competition. Is to "grip" the trigger in a sense so that you try and make it feel as if the tip of your trigger finger is making contact with the trigger instead of the side of your finger. It helps the trigger to move more back and forth and not side to side. It also helps in not having to aim twice with a two stage trigger pull and makes it one smooth motion.

  3. Like I said in the video.. in my case it turned out to be a defective CO2 cartridge. In which case, nothing to do with the gun itself.

  4. good plan but some airsoft pistols the trigger needs to go fully forward before it will fire a second shot πŸ™

  5. Interesting. I never would have thought that I lost accuracy just from the trigger its self! Anyways great video!

  6. My cousin has the same BB gun and we can't figure out why the Co2 tank does that leak it happens every once in a while if you find out make a new vid.

  7. If I wasn't still madly in love with me husband…I could fall for you. Blimey, while you were merrily at work, I could be playing with all these beauties. We'd bloody-well need a CO2 recharging station!
    But I Say…which of them have the most realistic trigger-pull? I possess, and am only familiar with a Umarex 2254810 Beretta 90 Two BB…and don't much fancy the l-o-n-g (3/4?) "trigger travel" (TT) before feeling resistance…it's "threshold."
    BTW, can that TT be adjusted?

  8. my gun had the exact same problem. i fixed it simply by buying some crosman pellgun oil and puting one drop on the tip of every other co2 cartridge. this instantly fixed the problem and for about $3.00 its a great fix.

  9. Well what helps me when firing a gun is breathing in fully exhale just a quarter and inhale sligthly inhale again it really works

  10. You have some good points in there but you really need to know the gun your shooting well, so you can tell exactly when its goin to go off, because if you jus let it 'serprise you' thats when you start to flinch, because your body is not ready for it, but then again i have only shot real hand guns not bb guns. Good video but man πŸ™‚

  11. My co2 bb gun sometimes does that your internals just frooze and it caused the pin hole in the co2 to expand from the pressure nothin bad at all

  12. my cp99 does this every time!! to the way that i fixed this is i have to use a tool..a needle nose plyers just under the screw valve from the inside of the gripe.i hate this and the beretta px4 co2 valve system after the 1st shot it pierces the co2 so be ready to do the tightning right after the right after the 1st shot and give it a qarter inch turn right away leave the back strap cover open to till u stop hearing the hisss πŸ™‚

  13. yep. thats how they teach us in the military. pull, dont jerk. and let the gun surprise you. its helped my shooting skills

  14. Is your whole topic here is called surprise destination. I would have the same problems when I had some trigger work done my trigger was at 3 lb. When I first had to trigger work done. I had to be real careful because it would fire sometimes when I didn't want it to. But I found that's what I had my best shots. I used to always time my destination. Then I stopped doing that and just concentrated on my pull. And basically every time it goes off now it's a surprise because I'm not preparing myself for it. The best way it was told to me was I'm shooting live ammo treated as if I'm dry firing. And like they say once you get it it's crazy you can't believe your eyes when everything's hitting the 2-inch red circle even at 30 ft. With a 40 cal.. if you listen to all the pros they tell you to stop flinching what better way is there to not flinch when it's a surprise.

  15. Another trainer called this problem "reactive interference", that is, we anticipate the gun going off, and we tend to react to that anticipation just as the gun goes off by moving our hands in some way, which throws off our accuracy. Most folks are suggesting what you are saying, pulling the trigger rearward very slowly and let the gun surprise you when it goes off, thereby re-training yourself to not react to the discharge. The notion is that this is simply a training exercise to eliminate the reactive interference, and eventually you will be able to go back to pulling the trigger at a normal rate without the reaction.

  16. 5:55 after watching the video a few times a friend of mine explained to me that what had happened was …after firing off the shot, the jolt of the firing mechanism caused the CO2 capsule to start leaking the pressurized carbon dioxide from within the capsule. This resulted in the audible "hissing" sound you were hearing.
    Oh, my friend's name?
    He goes by Captain Obvious.
    (No one really knows why)
    πŸ˜†

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