Guy Almost Shoots Hand Off During Training
The rules of firearm safety exist for a reason. The slight wrong twitch of a finger, the slight failure of a mechanical part, the lack of attention at the wrong moment - all can result in serious injury or death.
The rules of firearm safety exist for a reason. The slight wrong twitch of a finger, the slight failure of a mechanical part, the lack of attention at the wrong moment – all can result in serious injury or death.
This video shows the importance of ALWAYS keeping your finger off of the trigger until you’re pointing at your target and ready to shoot. This shooter was too eager to shoot too quickly and his finger went straight to the trigger. Likely due to the cold and gloves, he pulled the trigger when he wasn’t ready, and because he hadn’t practiced drawing from the holster enough, his hand was briefly in front of the muzzle.
Do NOT be too eager to try advanced shooting technique until you have strong fundamentals and good subconscious skill. This guy definitely should return to the basics, work on his draw stroke, and work on fixing his bad habits so his finger stays off the trigger until he’s on target.
What would you do if you saw this during a training class? This guy should have been pulled off the firing line. He should not be doing a more advanced class until he gets his shooting fundamentals down. His finger should have not been on the trigger until he is on target.
Written by Brian Purkiss - always a student, sometimes a teacher.
I don't consider myself a competition shooter - I think of myself as a performance pistol shooter. I am all about performing at as high of a level as possible. Towards that end, I am obsessive about learning how to perform. I spend a lot of my life learning from the best across the entire firearms world and even into other areas of performance and other sports. I am a USPSA Carry Optics Grandmaster, currently working towards my second GM title in the Open division.