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Stop Pinning and Resetting the Trigger to Shoot Quicker

What is Pinning and Resetting the Trigger?

Pinning and Resetting the trigger is the practice of pulling the trigger and holding it to the rear, and then letting the trigger out until the trigger clicks on the reset, then pulling the trigger to the rear. The idea is to minimize the amount of travel the trigger has to go in order to get fast splits.

However, the practice of pinning and resetting the trigger involves holding the trigger finger against the frame. Holding and waiting with the trigger finger against the frame of the gun isn’t getting faster splits.

Why Pinning and Resetting the Trigger is Bad

Pinning the trigger to the rear means there’s extra steps required when the sights are on target. When pinning and resetting the trigger, the moment the sights get on target, we have to let the trigger finger move forward, reset the trigger, and then pull the trigger back.

What do we want to do the moment the sights get on target? Pull the trigger and break the shot at that exact moment!

(warning, some language)

MSP + Reston Group on Why You Shouldn’t Pin and Reset the Trigger

Shooting a handgun doesn’t have to be complicated.

Shooting shouldn’t be complicated.

Complicated makes shooting difficult, slow, and error prone.

When the sights are on target – the trigger should do one thing – the trigger move straight back.

It’s that simple.

Brian Purkiss
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Brian Purkiss is a Christian, husband, competitive shooter, firearms instructor, proponent for individual liberty and Second Amendment rights, and a web developer. He primarily focues on USPSA and Run & Gun competitions, but enjoys most other forms of shooting competitions as well.


Categories: Shooting Technique

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