Shooting Tip

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Being that many of us hunt with a firearm I thought I would share this little tip that works for me in case any other shooters find it helpful.

"Trigger Control" is the answer one hears if they ask a good shooter how to shoot. At least that's what I've always heard as a response when I asked that question that seems to vex many of us.

It was in a tactical pistol class that I learned this and while many good shooters may not realize they are doing this I'm willing to bet that many of them are. We are always told to take a "firm but relaxed grip on the firearm." This is where I differ from others and use a tactical approach. I squeeze the gun so hard that sap is running between my fingers.

Yes this causes tremors but one can easily learn to shoot through the tremors, even at longer distances. What squeezing does is allow you to seperate the trigger finger from the other fingers of the hand and allow it to work seperately from the other fingers. If one watches an accomplished shooter chances are what you will see are the muscles locked in a rigid position, tense if you will. The squeezing allows one to operate the trigger finger without the common "milking" effect.

If my groups open up I know I have not been sqeezing as hard as I should've. The tremors get smaller, with shooting time, and one learns that tremors aren't really an issue. A steady rearward pull at consistant speed throughout the trigger stroke is what produces small groups and keeps the tremors in the center of the target. When the grip relaxes the other fingers of the hand move in sympathy with the trigger finger. It's these other fingers moving, "milking" if you will, that opens up your groups.

Give it a try and see if it works for you. I have found, in shooting handguns, that I should be squeezing so hard it hurts. One may argue that if something hurts they shouldn't be doing it but I beg to differ. It's been my expirience that when shooting for real, game or human, that one will have a death grip on the firearm and not notice that they are squeezing so hard that it would normally hurt.


Ca_Vermonster's picture

I am the same way with my

I am the same way with my pistol shooting.  I grip too hard, slam the trigger, and also rush the shots.  If I consciously think about it, and slow down, I get better groupings.  I qualified the other day, and had to relax a little bit in order to put them in the 5 rings.

I always do better with the M4 though.  That and the shotgun.  Love the long guns.  Thanks for the tip. If people practice what you said, they will see a definate improvement in their grouping.

Retired2hunt's picture

  A very interesting tip


A very interesting tip Biker.  My rifle has a very hard trigger to pull - most likely about 6 pounds of pull.  My handgun has a much easier trigger to pull - much easier.  I definitely have a harder time with my rifle and absolutely plan on removing the trigger mechanism and adjusting it downards a bit.  Before I do that I think I will try your tip here.  I can understand your logic on the squeezing of the grip with all fingers so your trigger finger can squeeze separately in the firing process.  I can also understand your logic on the "milking" as I do sometimes feel my fingers moving even before firing.  An interesting tip in deed and really appreciate you sharing it with us.


GooseHunter Jr's picture

Pretty good tip, thanks for

Pretty good tip, thanks for sharing it with us.