You Suck At Pulling The Trigger

Imagine this, you’ve taken the slack out of the trigger, your sights are picture perfect, so you pull the trigger to fire the gun right NOW! Yet, you miss. Ever happen to you? Happens to me. Fundamental shooting skills are a topic that is not only commonly discussed, it’s even more frequently misunderstood. The single most important aspect of shooting, above literally everything else, is pulling the trigger. If you cannot discharge the gun without moving it because of pulling the trigger, you need to practice only that until you can.

“BUT EVERYBODY KNOWS THIS!” you say? Then why the hell do so many people miss? I can tell you. Where most people fail in their trigger pull cycle is by not practicing active trigger prep. Sure “everybody knows” that you’re supposed to prep the trigger by taking the slack out, but what does really mean? Here’s what I can tell you without a doubt, taking the slack out of the trigger, and having an Activated Trigger Prep are 2 totally different things.


For the purpose of this discussion, I’ll use a Glock with a 3.5 lb connector as an example gun. When loaded, the gun weighs around 30 oz. With that configuration of trigger parts, the weight of the trigger pull will be roughly 4.5 lbs, or 72 oz. So, this means to get the gun to fire, you have to put well over double the weight of the gun on the trigger. By simply “taking up the slack”, you’re probably only putting around 16 oz of pressure on your 72 oz trigger, leaving another 56 oz of pressure needed for the gun to fire. So, in the example we talked about at the beginning of the article, you suddenly put almost double the total weight of the gun on a very small piece on the gun. So yeah, chances are, it’s going to move before it goes off. Now, let’s take a look at a better way. With an Activated Trigger Prep, you’ve not only taken the slack out of the trigger,  but you’ve applied about 85-90% of the pressure needed to fire the gun to the trigger. So instead of suddenly throwing almost double the weight of the gun on the trigger, you’re adding an additional 7-10 ozs of pressure. That leaves A LOT less opportunity for the shooter to move the sights off of the intended target. 

The best way to develop this skill so dry-fire, dry-fire, dry-fire. Just grab your gun of choice, and start slowly applying more pressure until the trigger breaks. And then do that again, and again, and again, and... you get the point.  Being able to know exactly where the trigger is going to break isn’t something to start out practicing in live fire. Since you’re trying to deal with recoil, noise, and actually watching your sights, there’s just too much to pay attention to truly develop this fine of a feel for your trigger. We’ll talk more in-depth about the exact training process for an Activated Trigger Prep in another article, but for now, grab your gat and get to work prepping that trigger!