Stop Pinning the Trigger | Handgun Skills

Stop pinning the trigger! Use the Trigger Prep Technique instead.

Here’s another lesson to shoot good guns even gooder: stop pinning or trapping the trigger! GunMag Warehouse’s Daniel Shaw discusses why it’s better to switch to the ‘Trigger Prep Technique’ instead of using the common technique known as pinning or trapping the trigger. 

Stop pinning the trigger

Pinning or trapping the trigger is the least efficient method for trigger reset.

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In the video below, Shaw explains why the Trigger Prep Technique is better and demonstrates it on the range.


Stop pinning the trigger. While the gun is cycling, get off the trigger, and then back to the wall again.

While the gun is cycling, get off the trigger, and then back to the wall again.

For Rapid Precision: Stop Pinning the Trigger

Tigger technique matters if you’re looking for shooting precision and speed.

Shaw says, “When its time to start shooting faster, we have got to drop the trap technique.” He points out that champion shooters look like they’re slapping the trigger because, in a way, they are. They’re slapping to the wall.

“What happens is, that gun is fired, the gun cycles, and while it’s cycling they’re getting off the trigger and back to the wall again. When they’re able to do that really fast, the finger doesn’t even usually leave contact with the trigger…they’re getting off the trigger and then back to the wall while the gun’s cycling.”

Give this technique a try next time you get to the range and let us know what you think.

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