Position Your Finger Somewhere Other Than the Trigger

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For several decades, shooting instructors in every discipline have repeated the mantra, “keep your finger off the trigger.” While experienced shooters usually find a place to keep their finger when they are not actually ready to shoot, the truth is that novices may not have any idea exactly what “off the trigger” means. Craig Douglas joins Rob Pincus to discuss his idea of “keep your finger somewhere other than the trigger.” This directive actually informs the shooter that they need to find a specific place for their trigger finger when they are not shooting.

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4 Responses to “Position Your Finger Somewhere Other Than the Trigger”
  1. Peter Golden

    Very instructive, I like the positive position of where the trigger finger should be when you don’t want to discharge the gun, that way it won’t creep or move around, it will stay put and provide for a better safety position.

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  2. Randal

    Great tip, as a relative new shooter I have to think about my trigger finger location. I put a piece of skate board tape on the frame of my M&P 40c, it helps me alot by giving me something I can feel with my finger.

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  3. Aaron

    great tip! Have a piece of gun tape on the side of my frame I use as tactile location point. I also like the use or re-phrasing keep your finger on the tape dont use the terms you are trying to avoid it is a subconscious thing and has proven very useful I find it the same as when checking for clear, make sur you say to your self I am checking for a clear or emty chamber and mag well! don’t I am looking for bullet in the chamber you my find yourself dropping the slide a chambered round thinking it was empty do to the far your looking a bullet.

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  4. Aaron

    great tip! I have a piece of gun tape on the side of my frame I use as tactile location point. I also like the use or re-phrasing keep your finger on the tape dont use the terms you are trying to avoid it is a subconscious thing and has proven very useful I find it the same as when checking for clear, make sure you say to yourself I am checking for a clear or empty chamber and mag well! don’t say I am looking for bullet in the chamber you my find yourself dropping the slide a chambered round thinking it was empty do to the fact your looking a bullet.

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