When it comes to precision shooting, one of the most critical factors is trigger control. Proper trigger manipulation creates consistent shots free from any disturbances caused by jerky or hasty movements. In this article, we'll delve into the importance of trigger control and provide valuable tips on how to press the trigger slowly and steadily, without disturbing the rifle, to improve your shooting prowess.
Establishing a Solid Grip
Before focusing on trigger control, it's essential to ensure you have a positive grip on the rifle. Proper grip provides a foundation for better control throughout the shooting process. Additionally, a consistent grip helps maintain control and minimizes movement that might disturb your aim.
Smoothly Engaging the Trigger
To press the trigger slowly without disturbing the rifle, follow these steps:
a. Place Your Index Finger: Position the pad of your index finger, or just behind the pad but before the joint where you can feel the pressure onto the bone on the trigger. Avoid using the joint or the very tip of your finger, as this can lead to jerky movements.
b. Apply Gradual Pressure: Begin to apply pressure to the trigger in a smooth, gradual, and controlled manner. The motion should be steady and deliberate. An observer should not see the finger moving. Focus on the sight picture and maintaining alignment with the target.
c. Avoid Snatching the Trigger: Jerking or snatching the trigger, especially when anticipating the shot, is a common mistake that disturbs the rifle's position. Maintain a steady pressure without flinching or anticipating the recoil.
e. Trigger Break: For a new shooter the shot breaks almost as a surprise. By maintaining a slow, steady press on the trigger, you eliminate the chances of any sudden movements that could throw off your shot. An experienced marksman will have an intimate knowledge and feel when the pressure is adequate to break the shot. This gives the marksman the ability to stop the shot process at any time, because it is an intentional process.
Experience shows that mastering trigger control can reduce groups between 1/4 and 1/2 depending on how poor the technique is to begin with. Mastering trigger control improves precision and consistency. By employing a slow and steady trigger press, you can stop moving the rifle when you initiate the shot.