Self-Defense Trigger Control Training

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In a defensive shooting class, once the students have established the fundamentals of kinesthetic alignment and their intuitive defensive shooting, one of the most important things they have to deal with is the refinement of their self-defense trigger control.

Applications of Trigger Control

A lot has been written and a lot has been said about the mechanics of trigger control, and Rob Pincus emphasizes that it’s important to understand that he looks at trigger control for defensive shooting very differently than trigger control for extreme precision at distance or for a bullseye-type shooting competition. When we look at defensive firearms, the triggers are not set up for extreme precision most of the time.

Individual firearms owners may choose to have a firearm that is set up that way, but most typical off-the-shelf defensive firearms aren’t set up for extreme precision, so we must learn how to consistently control the trigger from shot to shot. We want to have as much consistency in the mechanics of the shooting as we do in the philosophy and theory of handgun training and practice.

Trigger Press

For self-defense trigger control, working with training guns can be a great way to develop consistent trigger press. And that’s the key when it comes to self-defense shooting: we want to have as consistent a trigger press as possible, and that means we don’t want to stage the trigger. Mechanically, on a defensive firearm, we also want a trigger that is only pulled in one way. Having a double-action/single-action trigger works against the concept of consistency. Rob demonstrates a smooth trigger press using several different handguns.

Self-defense trigger control is about consistency. It’s about doing one thing at a varying speed depending on how much deviation in control the shooter needs. Practice is key to developing this consistency.

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5 Responses to “Self-Defense Trigger Control Training”
    • cst

      There isn’t a specific training gun we recommend. Your personal defense gun should be your first choice whenever possible for training that smooth consistent trigger press (which is ideally done live fire). The training guns used in the video (SIRT pistol and LaserLyte Trainer Trigger Tyme) are ok substitutes but do start at $200+ range.

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  1. Daniel

    I understand what you mean by training and firing consistently, but I don’t understand whether you’re also saying that DA/SA pistols are not recommended for self-defensive carry?

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    • cst

      The DA/SA pistols don’t allow for the training of a one consistent press. The other downside to these types of pistols include the need to train the use of some sort of safety lever and/or de-cockers. Also, the DA/SA pistols have a higher boar axis because of these slide mounted levers. There are better options for personal defense such as the Modern Striker Fired pistol (recommended) or even a double action only (acceptable) pistol.

      Here is a short clip from our premium section that covers the advantages of the Modern Striker Fired pistol. http://www.personaldefensenetwork.com/video/advantage-of-striker-fired-pistols-000737/

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  2. Joe H

    Very true. For me, it really got interesting when I got my 9mm. It has the safety built into the trigger. The 40 has a very short staging before the trigger pull. Both triggers operate differently. I may carry the 9mm one week and the 40 the next week. Normally this requires either going to the range or dry firing the weapon. It took getting used to the difference between the two.

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