Fatty trigger finger

The biggest problem we see in our classes stems from poor trigger management. As discussed in previous blogs, trigger movement is a tough nut to crack.

More is better

Over the years everyone has probably heard different theories on trigger finger placement. Should I use the tip, pad or knuckle? That will depend on the type of firearm you are using, but I am beginning to believe that it is much better to put more trigger finger than less. When we have students who are struggling we have an array of different diagnostic tests we can perform to isolate the issue and then hopefully resolve with remediation. It’s a pretty systematic process and it works, it does however take time. The vast majority of times a common resolution is to place more finger on the trigger. It might seem counter intuitive to do so, but it produces results bottom line.

The power factor

There are other things that need to be done, like ensuring the trigger finger does not contact any other part of the firearm other than the trigger. Placing more trigger finger on the trigger will do two things. It creates more power and places the finger on the face of the trigger.

More than you think

Power is needed in order to apply smooth movement straight to the rear disturbing the sights minimally. It sounds obvious, but too little trigger finger fails to provide the power necessary to move smoothly, if you are working with a high end bolt gun sure this is the recommended technique. But if you are working with a striker fired weapon such as a Glock or S&W it just doesn’t work the same. Some will push for the pad, this can be a viable technique, but again it depends on your hand size and firearm. Nope, the default should be the knuckle, wrapping more than you think is necessary.

Big returns for a little change

This will require you to adjust your grip, to wrap more around in order to get more of your trigger finger inside the trigger guard. Again, you might not like the feel, but that’s OK, it’s different and new to you and that’s it. The learning curve for this new technique is not as steep as you think and it is aided by the positive results you get almost immediately. That subtle change in position equates to a major increase in your accuracy.

Flat on the face

Placing more finger on the trigger ensures you are on the face of the trigger and not the edge. Another mistake folks make is failing to really be on the face, partly because they don’t have enough finger on the trigger and partly because they just don’t know they aren’t on the face. They think they are, but the pressure is being exerted on the edge, which causes the firearm to start to move in that direction prior to ignition. It can be hard to notice, but it is there and shooting at extended ranges brings it to the surface big time.

In the demo world, “P” stood for plenty, in terms of shooting, “P” stands for put more finger on the trigger.

2 thoughts on “Fatty trigger finger

  1. RamZar says:

    The past year I’ve slowly given it more trigger finger. I’ve gone back to pretty much stock everything on my G17/G34 except for the Trijicon HD sights on all of them.

    I started a lot of my training in 2006 with 1911 pistols with their pristine 3-3.5 pound trigger. This created bad habits on the Glock by placing the tip of the trigger finger on the trigger.

    I started giving the Glock more trigger finger for strong hand only and weak hand only shooting. Once I put the trigger finger in the hook / joint I had much more control over the trigger. Then, I applied it to two-handed grip and it works wonders. Problem is I’m not doing that consistently and find it sometimes slipping to the pad.

    Once proficient and consistent I can see it helping me with speed and follow up shots.

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