Stop Pinning and Resetting the Trigger to Shoot Quicker

Shoot faster by moving the trigger finger faster

Stop Pinning and Resetting the Trigger to Shoot Quicker Pistol Drill

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!

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

Scott ”Jedi” Jedlinski

Scott Jedlinski is an accomplished firearms instructor who focuses primarily on red dot pistols.

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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.


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I'm not a competitive shooter - I'm a performance 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.