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Pistol Trigger Control Tips

by Joe Kerper – Tuesday, September 4, 2018


If “sight alignment, trigger control,” runs like a river through your head as you prepare to fire that perfect match, you’ve got it all backwards according to top competitive pistol shooters.

Trigger control should be kind among your skills but is frequently placed behind sight alignment in importance—often to the detriment of your shooting scores.

Say What?
Let’s start with the basics. By trigger control, all we are talking about is the way you pull the trigger rearward until—and just after—your pistol fires. It’s one of the easiest concepts in the shooting sports to learn and understand, though it’s often the most difficult to fully master.

“Trigger control is the most important skill you can develop,” said Brian Zins, a 12-time NRA National Pistol Champion, past Top Shot television show contender and former USMC Shooting Team member.

“All other shooting skills are pretty much useless without proper trigger technique,” said Zins. He was originally a rifle shooter in the Marine Corps, but rapidly discovered that pistol shooting was his real talent.

Ten-time National Police Shooting Championship (NPSC) and two-time NRA National Pistol Championship winner Philip Hemphill agreed with Zins’ assessment.

“You have to master quite a few different skills to be a good shooter, but I’d definitely put trigger control at the top of that list. If you can’t get off a good shot, it doesn’t matter how well you aligned your sights before pulling that trigger,” said Hemphill.

Zins takes his training—and teaching—seriously. He’s currently the director of training at Point Blank Range in Matthews, NC. Teaching others how to shoot more proficiently helps him to develop in the process, said Zins, who says he even tries to train in his sleep.

“At night, especially during the off season, I’ll envision shooting a perfect match right before I go to bed. When I can wake up still shooting, I know I’ll be having a really good day on the range.”

Trigger Pull 101
If you’re sold on treating your pull as king of the hill, you may wonder how to tell the good from the bad from the downright ugly?

While there may be little agreement on what kind of trigger is best—thin, wide, smooth, serrated or any of a thousand other variables—top shooters concur almost to the letter with what you need to do with your trigger of choice.

“You need a smooth pull. That’s the only secret there is to it,” said Hemphill, who speaks with the authority of an expert on the subject.

“Once you start pulling that trigger, you don’t want to let up. If you stop that movement, or slow it down, that’s when you have a tendency to start dipping the barrel or pushing the gun unintentionally,” said Hemphill.

He added that it takes quite a bit of self-discipline to get to this point. “This is definitely the most important step in becoming a good competitive shooter.”

Zins was quick to offer remarkably similar advice.

“You have to keep that trigger moving at all costs. As long as you keep it moving you’ll be okay. That constant movement on the trigger is crucial. Once you stop the rearward pressure on your trigger; that’s when all sorts of bad things start to happen.”

The top of Zins’ list of sins for the average pistol shooter is something you’ve probably already guessed—thinking too much about sight alignment.

Making Friends With Sight Movement
Here’s where the real fun begins. Learning to concentrate primarily on your trigger instead of your sights can be a bit unnerving at first. That front sight seems to leap around almost as much as it did when you first started shooting.

“Whenever I’m shooting, my sights are moving to some degree the entire time, but as long as I keep that trigger moving and my sights are on the target, I know my shot will break where I want it to,” said Zins.

Confidence in shot placement comes with practice says Zins.

“You can hold perfect sight alignment all day long, but if you don’t execute proper trigger control, it really doesn’t matter—who knows where your shot will fall?”

Zins typically starts his trigger moving rearward before the sights are aligned.

“I’ll actually use my trigger pull to align my sights,” said Zins, who added that he shoots a long-roll trigger.

“I need that long, steady pull, that constant movement, to make everything work for me,” Zins said. In the past, he has even gone so far as to have his armorer modify his air pistol to incorporate a long roll.

“It takes a lot of self-discipline to watch your sights drifting ever so slightly. Your natural inclination is to try and wait until your sight picture is perfect and then squeeze off your shot, but that never works,” said Hemphill.

“You have to be confident that your sights will be right by the time that your trigger releases the hammer. It takes quite a bit of practice to get to that point, but it’s really amazing to see that your sights don’t have to be precisely centered on the X-ring for you to score a 10.”

On the other end of the trigger spectrum stands Hemphill. “I want all of my guns to incorporate a short action. For me that means that right after the cylinder of my revolver locks, the hammer will fall.” Out-of-the-box guns generally have actions that are a tad long for his taste.

“You just have to carefully stone the back of the trigger to shorten it up. That can be a really tricky job, too. One swipe too many and the alignment is out of whack.”

Dry firing also figures prominently in Hemphill’s world.

“That’s one of the best ways to improve your shooting. Shooting is all about eliminating those little mental mistakes that always seem to add up when you’re out there competing. Either your nerves might get the best of you, or you might forget something and that throws you off. Practice is the only way to eliminate those kind of errors.”

“You need to know how your trigger feels,” said Zins. If there’s a burr, if your trigger stop seems to be catching too soon or not soon enough, or if the pull feels too long, these are all factors that you need to be able to sense according to Zins.

“And that only comes with practice. Whether it’s dry firing your pistol at night and visualizing yourself shooting a match or going to the range with a friend and helping each other with technique, you just have to do what you can.”


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MRPC offers several training classes that range from beginner level to advanced, as well as specialty classes like the Concealed Handgun Class for Oregon and related Arizona Concealed Weapon class. We also have a regular practice session for advanced pistol.

Once you are up to speed, you might consider joining one of our competition sports like IDAP, USPSA, Speed-Steel, etc. For more information on those and other competition/training groups, see the Shooting Disciplines page.

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Three anti-gun bills and one anti-hunting bill recently reached the desk and were approved by Gov. Jerry Brown, CA.:

SB 221 (prohibits gun shows at the Cow Palace by making the lawful sale of firearms and ammunition illegal there);

SB 1100 (raises the minimum age from 18 to 21 years old to purchase any firearm with limited exceptions);

SB 1177 (with few exceptions, prohibits purchasing more than one firearm in a 30-day period); and

SB 1487 (prohibits importation, and possession in some instances, of certain, legally-taken, African species).

They became law September 30th.

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Effects Of Altitude On Bullet Drop

by NRA Staff – Thursday, September 6, 2018

From the archives: a reader letter sent to American Rifleman magazine querying about the relationship between altitude and bullet point of impact. The answer was published in the July 1954 issue by none other than Gen. Julian Hatcher himself.

I am a transplanted Arizonan exploring a copper deposit here in southern Peru. Even though the roads are only poor to fair, it is just a matter of a few hours by car from the beach up to the region of the snow peaks of the Andes. It occurred to me that here was a place I could collect some data on that old argument among riflemen―the effect of change of altitude on point of bullet impact.


Altitude and Bullet Drop

Mr. Pardee’s target, about 2/3 full size. Black indicates those shots fired at sea level; gray, those at 13,750 feet. The dotted lines show the vertical position of the two group centers


Our camp is at 11,000 feet, and in a half hour I drove the Jeep up onto a pampa at 13,750 feet, where I measured the range with a tape and shot the first group. Leaving the scope on the rifle, I rolled it up in a blanket and tarp, and headed for the beach. There I measured off the 200 yards along the edge of the salt water, and fired the second group. I made it a point to shoot both groups on the same day in order to eliminate the possibility of a stock warpage that might occur over a longer period. The heat waves were noticeable at the beach, and probably account for the wider shot spread in the second group. Both groups were fired from prone with sling and bed roll rest.

Some might contend that the test is not conclusive because of the difference in temperature, but it would seem a strange coincidence if the temperature rise in this case were just exactly enough to compensate for the extreme of altitudes.

―J. McK. Pardee,
Peru, S.A.

Answer by General Hatcher: Even though your two group overlap, the center of impact of the one shot in the mountains is .69 inch higher than that shot at sea level. While this is not much of a difference, it agrees almost exactly with calculations.

The time of flight for your ammunition over a 200-yard range at sea level should be .2214 second, and the drop, calculated by the old formula, 192 multiplied by time of flight squared, is 9.41 inches. If your ammunition could be fired in a perfect vacuum, the time of flight would be .2020 second, giving a drop of 7.84 inches. You see from these figures that the maximum added drop caused by the air at 200 yards is only 1.57 inches.

At your elevation of 13,750 feet, the air has only 59 percent of its sea level pressure, so as a quick approximation, we could say the that 1.57 inches of drop due to air resistance would be reduced to .89 inch. That is mighty close to the actual difference of .69 inch that your target shows.

The ballistic coefficient, C, is a measure of the ability of the bullet to overcome air resistance. When the air is thin, the resistance is less, and C is larger. At 13,750 feet, C is about 1.6 times the sea level figure. Using this value, and calculating the drop at 400 yards, we find that, for your .30-06 bullet at 2970 fps muzzle velocity, the remaining velocity at sea level at 400 yards would be near 2050 fps, and the drop about 45 inches, while at the elevation of 13,750 feet the remaining velocity at 400 yards would be 2350 fps, and the drop would be 40 inches. Your rifle would be shooting five inches high, or about a minute and a quarter of angle.

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Gun control has a clear record of failure

In the wake of the horrific murders at the Sandy Hook school in Connecticut, America has been deluged with calls for ever-more-restrictive gun-control laws, and that’s understandable. It’s natural to think that’s the solution if you don’t know these measures have been tried and have always failed.

We crave a solution so much that we’ll ignore the record and keep repeating failed policies.

We are told that we need gun-control laws. Sounds good, right? Should we make it illegal for anyone adjudicated to be mentally ill to buy a gun? Let’s make it illegal for felons to possess guns. Let’s license gun dealers and require the FBI to do a background check on anyone buying a gun from these stores. How about an age restriction on buying guns? Gun shows should have to follow the same laws as everyone else.

All those already are law, and there are some 20,000 additional gun-control laws in the U.S. Before one can rationally call for passage of gun laws, he or she must know what already is covered.

How about a ban on “assault weapons”? We’re told this is only common sense. But, what is this thing called an assault weapon? It’s not a machine gun. There were no machine guns covered in the original assault-weapon ban because those firearms already are tightly restricted. No, the autoloading (called semiautomatic) rifles included in the original law simply looked like military guns. They should be banned on the basis of how they look? They fire only one shot with each pull of the trigger, like a revolver or the cowboy-style lever-action rifle used by John Wayne.

Semiautomatics have been around for more than 100 years. President Teddy Roosevelt hunted with a semiautomatic rifle, as do millions of hunters today.

For 10 years (1994 to 2004) we banned only those semiautomatic rifles that look like military guns. Prohibitionists’ logic dictates that the demise of this law in 2004 should have spawned a huge increase in crime with rifles. Didn’t happen. More people are killed with fists and feet than with rifles of any kind, and semiautomatics constitute merely a subset of rifles. In short, the ban failed. It had to.

The National Academy of Sciences studied gun laws in the U.S. and reported it could find no link between restrictions on gun ownership and lower rates of crime, firearms violence or accidents with guns.

Over the past 20 years, the rates of violent crime and murder have dropped by half in the U.S., according to the FBI. That’s astounding. We have more guns and more gun owners, but the rate of violent crime and murder went down by half. Accidental shooting deaths also declined. How can this be?

Two things were done, and they work.

Over the course of a half-century, with more guns and more gun owners, the number of gun accidents resulting in death has fallen because of education. Gun owners, through various programs, have taught safe gun storage and gun handling and have brought into our schools the Eddie Eagle program, which teaches young children to not touch guns and to tell an adult if they find one.

The major change in America’s gun laws over the past two decades is removing prohibitions against people carrying guns for protection. The concealed-carry movement started in Florida amid catcalls from the media — which dubbed it the “Gunshine State” — and predictions that every fender-bender accident would result in gunshots. That didn’t happen there, and it didn’t happen in the other states. More good people are carrying guns, and the violent-crime and murder rates decline.

We have a clear track record of what works to increase our safety. We know what doesn’t. Arming good people does, in fact, reduce crime. Banning certain types of firearms, or the loading devices, does nothing to stop mentally ill people and criminals.

Focusing on the failed siren song of gun control diverts us from doing things that actually work, such as programs to secure firearms. Congress eliminated the funding for “Project Childsafe,” a program created by the firearms industry to educate gun owners about safe storage and to distribute millions of gun locks.

We all want to do something, but it is foolish and wasteful to return to a policy with a clear record of failure.

Tom Gresham is the host of the nationally syndicated radio show Tom Gresham’s Gun Talk.


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