Triggers – the literal, tangible, real type…

Lately, I have been hearing much about “triggers” and being “triggered.”   Once someone is “triggered” they can run to a college campus “safe space” to recover from the “triggering.”

Perhaps, with such tender hearts running about, I should offer a warning.  Heaven forbid, I inadvertantly “trigger” some snowflake’s little feelers, talking about triggers… on guns.  Boom!  There it is, the “G” word!

Here is a quick story, about triggers, that “triggered” me!

I was recently at a Cabela’s Store in Idaho.  My daughter and I were looking at sub compact pistols.  Maybe I am a trigger snob, Ok, I am… anyhow, I asked the guy working the counter what the trigger pull was on a Glock 43.  He said it was three and a half pounds.  The pistol I was holding, had a trigger that felt like 6-6.5 pounds, to me.  I explained to the lad, from the factory, Glock claims a 5.5 pound pull, but they usually weigh out at six to six and one half.   He insisted they were 3.5 pounds.  I asked him if he knew what it took to make a Glock trigger that light, if he was familiar with the “connector” in the Glock trigger assembly… With a blank look on his face, he said, he in fact, was familiar with the inner workings of a Glock.  He further proved his ignorance when he stated most of the pistols they sell, have a three and one half trigger pulls.  All this to say, don’t always trust the guy behind the counter to know what they are talking about.

I usually like to test my counter help like this.  I want to know if they have anything to offer in the way of specs, facts, details… If they have not done their homework I save everyone some time and don’t ask any further questions.  This guy was clearly not a shooter, had no idea about trigger specs, or even that most trainers don’t recommend anything under 5 pounds for concealed carry pistols!  Inconceivable! Ok, my rant is now in the rear view mirror… Onward and Upward!

A few words on trigger control.  Over the years, trainers have worked hard to find words to inspire the correct treatment of a trigger.  We thought the word “pull” was too much, so we started to use press, squeeze, nuzzle, cuddle, and so on.

What we want, what YOU want as a shooter, is to initiate the trigger mechanism in such a way, that the rest of the firearm does not move.  Some trainers advise not to “yank” the trigger… I would suggest it is entirely acceptable to yank the trigger as long as it does not affect your point of impact.  When you see people shooting over 8 rounds a second (watch Jerry Miculek shoot!) I guarantee they are “jerking” the trigger!  He has learned to pull, squeeze, jerk, yank, and press the trigger, very quickly, and with no negative effect on point of impact.

As I work with shooters, I encourage them to think of a trigger pull as a rheostat switch, such as one found to turn on a ceiling fan.  A smooth, continuous motion as opposed to operating a toggle switch.  This imagery seems to help sometimes.

If you can not treat the trigger correctly, the other fundamentals are irrelevant.  The incorrect deployment of your trigger finger negates even the best grip,  and perfect sight picture!

Look for Trigger Pull Discussion Part 2… we will discuss the value of trigger weight, pull length, and a few words on reset.

Warriors are not those who always win, rather, those who never give up.

Watch your six!




2 thoughts on “Triggers – the literal, tangible, real type…

  1. Carol Higgins says:

    Hi Thad, I love reading what you write. You’re clever and get the point across at the same time. Good for you! I’ve been dealing with a trigger of my own and not with very much grace. Maybe some year I’ll grow up! Mom >

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