Quick Tip: Trigger Finger Placement for Accurate Shooting

Poor trigger finger replacement can cause missed shots. This quick tip can be a big help in improving accuracy.

The trigger pull is the last bit of shooter induced movement to the gun before the shot is fired. A bad trigger pull can yank the sights out of alignment causing a missed shot. A slow trigger pull can result in a slower first shot on target or slower shot split time. In short, the trigger pull is an important part of fast and accurate shooting.

Doug Koenig is a very skilled competitive shooter and knows how to pull a trigger quickly and smoothly.

Here is a very quick tip about trigger finger placement.

Place the trigger on your finger just past the joint. Don’t put the tip of your finger on the trigger, or hook the finger too far into the trigger. Putting the trigger finger too far or not far enough into the trigger creates some sway in the front sight, resulting in missed shots.

We want to use the Goldilocks method – not too far, not to shallow – just right…

Create habit through dry fire

This is a technique that can very easily be practiced at home through dry fire practice.

Put the handgun at the low ready with your finger off of the trigger. Raise the handgun and acquire the sights while placing the finger on the trigger. Don’t pull the trigger, just pay attention to where your trigger finger naturally goes. If your trigger finger placement is dead on, great. Keep progressing and work from the holster and pull the trigger all the way through.

If your trigger finger placement is off, then keep working from the low ready and don’t pull the trigger just yet. We want to isolate the skill we are working on to form that good habit. After obtaining some consistency when acquiring the correct trigger finger placement, then start adding in trigger pulls and/or drawing from the holster.

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Brian Purkiss is a firearms instructor, competitive shooter, proponent for individual liberty and Second Amendment rights, and a web developer. He enjoys competing in and organizing Run and Gun Competitions, as well as shooting in USPSA, Outlaw matches, and 3 Gun.