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'Giving your gun the finger' question

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by critter, Jan 5, 2003.

  1. critter

    critter Well-Known Member

    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.
  2. Redlg155

    Redlg155 Well-Known Member

    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
  3. Hk Paul

    Hk Paul Well-Known Member

    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
  4. thumbtack

    thumbtack Well-Known Member

    It won't if you practice.
  5. George Hill

    George Hill Well-Known Member

    You would be a complete dumbarse if you practiced otherwise.
  6. Zak Smith

    Zak Smith Moderator Staff Member

    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...

  7. Blackhawk

    Blackhawk Member In Memoriam

    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.
  8. rlpinca

    rlpinca Member

    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.
  9. 4v50 Gary

    4v50 Gary Moderator Staff Member

    Train as you intend to fight. Keep the finger on the frame. No negligent dicharges that way in real life. Thanks for the question.
  10. MountainPeak

    MountainPeak Well-Known Member

    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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