Stop Pinning the Trigger | Handgun Skills

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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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  • Civilian Defence Concepts

    While this is a great technique for intermediate to advanced shooters, most new shooters cannot do this correctly. Most new shooters slap at the trigger and remove their trigger fingers as quickly as possible. They use the trigger as an “on/off” switch. They don’t work the “reset”. By starting new shooters with the “trap” technique, it helps them learn where the trigger reset is and how they should remain on the trigger when firing successive shots. Once the shooter has “mastered” the reset location and the management of the trigger finger, then the shooter can start working on the “Reset under recoil” or “prepping the trigger” as it’s referred to here.

  • Texsputin

    Good video, thanks. One suggestion – for those of use who are getting a little ‘long in tooth’, and there are more of us out hear than you think, PLEASE slow down just a little in your presentation so we can understand what you are saying. Even with the closed caption it is difficult because we want to be looking at what you are demonstrating rather than reading the words.