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Proper trigger pull?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Wanderer, Aug 7, 2003.

  1. Wanderer

    Wanderer Well-Known Member

    When I fire my 686, its easier for me to pull the trigger with the first joint of my finger. Is this normal? I have kinda large hands. Thanks.
  2. mete

    mete Well-Known Member

    Whatever works for you. Pick the gun that fits you best and operate it the best way for you. You may even get custom grips if that works better. For me a N frame s&w I use tip of finger, for J frame I use first joint.
  3. bountyhunter

    bountyhunter member

    Yes, I have exactly the same situation. IMO, using the first joint will give better control in DA fire because you get better leverage. In SA, I don't think it matters where you cantact the trigger as long as the trigger finger is away from the frame so it doesn't move the gun when you pull the trigger.
  4. Mike Irwin

    Mike Irwin Well-Known Member

    According to the conventional wisdom of all of the teachers of the old school, the ONLY and I mean ONLY way you're supposed to pull the trigger is with the very tippy tip of the index finger.


  5. JoeHatley

    JoeHatley Well-Known Member

    Sounds okay to me. It's not the "classic" way to do it, but as long as you pull straight back, you should be fine.

    Having the gun feel comfortable in your hand is much more important than trying to match how someone else shoots theirs.

    Good Luck...

  6. Wanderer

    Wanderer Well-Known Member

    Oh, two more things. When I dry fire should I use snap caps, or would it be okay without them? And could anyone recommend some good, affordable belts?
  7. FunYet

    FunYet Well-Known Member

    I've tried over an over (and have been instructed over and over) to use the tip of my index finger but it just does not work for me (your mileage may vary when shooting revolvers. Revolver works best for me when I get the bottom-third of my finger around the trigger and squeeze. As one of the other posters mentioned, whatever works. I've had instructors give me a hard time over my trigger technique but....

    Now it's a different story when shooting semi-auto. Finger tip works well for me then. I suppose it's a matter of needing less leverage.
  8. RTFM

    RTFM member

    JoeHatley you said
    I've heard that before, will some guns bind?? Or what would be worst case if you pulled off center? change muzzle direction??

  9. mete

    mete Well-Known Member

    No binding problem just a matter of pushing to the left will move impact point to the left.
  10. Standing Wolf

    Standing Wolf Member in memoriam

    It took me awhile to get used to pulling the trigger with the tip of my index finger rather than the first joint, but my scores showed an improvement, and I've maintained the habit.
  11. Blueduck

    Blueduck Well-Known Member

    I've tried the "Tippy tip" thing as well, also tried moving the gun more to the center of my palm (backstrap of gun almost exactly lined up with dead center of wrist) as suggested by some good shooters.

    Showed some promise, but never really felt natural or as strong from a recoil control or retention perspective, so I gave up on it. 'Course maybe I'm just too stubborn, or set in my ways to really give anything new a long enough try...Guess a revolver guys never been accused of that huh? ;)
  12. Drifting Fate

    Drifting Fate Well-Known Member

    For double action, the most accepted way is to have the outside edge of the trigger contacting the first joint of the finger. This is because the muscle advantage is more important than nerve sensitivity when overcoming a heavy trigger and keeping a steady gun.

    For single action, move upto the mid to front of the finger pad. Some people have difficulty at first with this because the more extreme angle of the finger as it engages the trigger tends to lead to a "pushing" situation. But, once a person concentrates on the feel of the trigger and finger movement, that straight back "press" becomes easier and easier.

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