The real deal with your finger…part 2

Yesterday’s blog produced a boatload of comments. A lot were posted on the various mediums, but even more were messaged or emailed to me.

Judging by a few posts, some folks are not getting it so I figured I would address some of the comments openly rather than privately.

First off, it really doesn’t matter the style of trigger you have, whether it is a lever (Glock, Sig, etc…) or a stirrup (M1911) you can affect the direction of movement when you are not on the face of the trigger. No trigger system is immune to this that would be reliable for combat conditions. Some believe that one trigger over another will not facilitate the problems I described and I can assure they can. If the finger is not placed on the trigger such that pressure is equally applied to the face of the trigger then you will get pressure applied to the edges, which will cause a deviation in the rearward path of the trigger. That deviation is what we are talking about and while it can be minor up close, when we take folks back to the 25 yard line for diagnostics it becomes major.

There were some that opined their weak hand grip had something to do with their strong side trigger finger or could compensate for poor placement of the trigger finger. If your weak hand is compensating, then your grip is not neutral and you will see deviations to your shot group, but not related to the trigger finger. In other words, you just opened up a whole new can of worms and not the subject of this piece. Again, I can assure you the placement of your trigger finger is paramount to achieve consistency. It’s not just about the movement, folks think they can just move the trigger rearwards regardless of their finger’s placement. You can move the trigger for sure, but not without deviating it from it’s correct rearward path.

Then we add the smoothness of the movement. Poor finger placement can lead to erratic and dysfunctional movement. Power is what you need to have smooth, undisturbed movement. That power is generated by having more finger on the trigger, but by also ensuring it is flush against the face of the trigger. I have heard comments about traditional or classical teachings, but as pointed out by some there really is no such thing. It’s like the old Weaver Stance, unless you were Jack Weaver you shot a version of that stance. So, people need to realize they are using a version of classical teachings, but the real question is does that work for you?

In our experience the answer is not as much as folks think. A major problem with this thinking is a benchmark for accuracy. If you don’t have one, then it may be hard to be objective. Without an objective measurement tool it is hard to gauge the effectiveness of your technique. That leads to a false sense of security in the classical teaching models and something we see often during diagnostics in classes.

So, back to the original article, correct trigger movement as defined by our experiences is the smooth (powerful), uninterrupted movement of the trigger straight rearwards past the point of ignition. If your finger is not on the face of the trigger, but instead applying pressure to either edge then you will move the trigger off it’s intended path. While you may feel you’re accurate, are you accommodating (a whole other article piece) or are you just lucky?