'Giving your gun the finger' question


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critter
January 5, 2003, 12:57 PM
When presenting your self defense firearm when the need to shoot is not INSTANTaNEOUS (perhaps as when covering a perp with the gun), the accepted method seems to be with a trigger finger held straight outside the trigger guard along side the frame.

Now the question. Who among us practice firing a quick shot from that position? I don't. Should I? Seems as if it might be a bit cumbersome. Seems as if it might contribute to an inaccurate first shot. Suggestions, opinions welcome. Thanks.

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Redlg155
January 5, 2003, 01:08 PM
I do.

It's all a matter of training your body to do that until it becomes a natural response. It only takes a fraction of a second to move your finger. That fraction of a second may prove invaluable in a shoot/no shoot situation.

I know this sounds farfetched but what if you are commanding the guy to halt..stop right there and put his hands where you can see them and he pulls out something black in his right hand. Gun?..No..Cell Phone. Why didn't he obey your commands to halt? Beause he's an idiot. Still, it's hard to justify a clean shoot with no weapon. Having your finger alongside the frame gives you a split second to make a decision.

Practice and your first shot will be accurate. The transition from the side of the frame to the trigger will be one fluid motion.

A learned pattern will also help with drawing from a holster. I've seen several guys pop a round off while drawing from a holster with their finger on the trigger in their haste to make a shot under the timer.

Good Shooting
RED

Hk Paul
January 5, 2003, 01:09 PM
I do it, its not cumbersome at all. You drill it in your mind and it becomes second nature. As for the latter, all it takes is p r a c t i c e

thumbtack
January 5, 2003, 01:15 PM
Seems as if it might contribute to an inaccurate first shot. Suggestions, opinions welcome.

It won't if you practice.

George Hill
January 5, 2003, 01:16 PM
You would be a complete dumbarse if you practiced otherwise.
:fire:

Zak Smith
January 5, 2003, 02:16 PM
Shooting IDPA and other "action pistol" matches can help with this, since they don't let you move (if not engaging on the move) with your finger on the trigger...

-z

Blackhawk
January 5, 2003, 02:29 PM
If you're not ready to shoot, keep your finger off the triger, period.

As already said, practice the first shot from that condition so you learn good trigger control from there as well as from the holster.

rlpinca
January 5, 2003, 02:31 PM
I practice it. I do atleast a hundred draws and countless dryfires and magazine changes every week. It's not really a problem. If you do it enough, you don't even realize that it's an awkward movement, it just happens.

4v50 Gary
January 5, 2003, 02:53 PM
Train as you intend to fight. Keep the finger on the frame. No negligent dicharges that way in real life. Thanks for the question.

MountainPeak
January 5, 2003, 02:57 PM
I quess I am one of the previously mentioned "dumbarses". Thanks for the post critter, I will now change my practice methods.

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