Trigger Control

Isolating Pistol Fundamentals with High Volume Pistol Skill Development

 

How many repetitions do you get at your range? Not just rounds, but real training reps of all the skills to make a shot: decelerating the body to a position, trigger prep, clean break, maintain sufficient sight alignment-picture to make an acceptable hit.  
Have you ever tried to isolate fundamentals (e.g. sight picture, trigger control)?  
This short video shows a typical Tuesday morning training where Britt Lentz and I hit a high volume training session, have accountability to our movements (getting hits), isolate issues in our fundamentals, and make the most of our costly live fire  rounds.
This drill is a derivative of the Progressor where we start at 25 yards and advance 5 yrds per shooting position working left toright on 5 targets.  In this training session we execute in the following order:
First we hit the drill live fire completely cold (see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yraIFpFguzI). It is important to access abilities completely cold.  We don't have warm ups if we have to use the pistol off the range.
 

Tuning-in a New Shooter

 

 

This is a series of four train up videos of a shooter, Nate, who is squared away but wanted to get some training.  Nate's background is web developer and has shot recreationally but has not had formal training.  The first video establishes the foundation of grip and stance.  

Grip and stance are critical fundamentals.  We don't need to get caught up in different techniques of grip and stance, but we need to be aware of the objective of our grip and stance.  The stance needs to provide balance for handling the explosion of recoil.  The grip has to 1) allow the trigger finger to exercise trigger mechanics and 2) provide a foundation so the sight comes back to its original position on the 2nd shot.  coach needs to be executed correctly where the force is gradually progressed.

 

Fundamentals with Mike Hughes: 4 Trigger Control: Going Beyond Pinning the Trigger

To shoot fast we have to go beyond pinning the trigger to the rear.  So the shooter wants to break the shot, have good follow through and then reset the trigger as quickly as possible. 

These steps are shown in the video below.

 

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Fundamentals with Mike Hughes: 2 Trigger Control with Trigger Prep (Taking up the Slack of the Trigger)

We have several shooting fundamentals: grip, stance, sight alignment, sight picture, trigger control, breathing, follow through and recovery. In this video we start with an introduction to trigger control adn namely "prepping (or staging) the trigger". Trigger prep is defined as taking up the slack of a trigger. This process is similar to taking a picture with a modern digital camera. When we take a digital snap shot we first press the button half way to focus the shot then we increase the pressure and "break" a shot to snap the picture. Same principle for shooting a gun. Normal triggers have about 3 lbs of force to take up the slack in the trigger, then the trigger stops, and then another few pounds of force is required to break the shot. Using the red trigger take up laser you can see whether you are prepping the trigger prior to breakign the shot. When you see the red and green lasers come on simultaneously you are not prepping the trigger.

To shoot off the reset the shooter must prep the shot, break the shot and then return the trigger finger to the "reset". We want to minimize wasted motion therefore, when we release the trigger we want the trigger finger to come forward enough to hear the click which means the internal seer mechanism has reset and then reapply slight pressure to the trigger.
You can see when the shooter is not shooting off the reset because the red laser comes completely off.
It should be noted that the red laser will only come on when the trigger is prepped but will turn off when we come off the trigger.

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Fundamentals with Mike Hughes: 1 Trigger Control Introduction

We have several shooting fundamentals: grip, stance, sight alignment, sight picture, trigger control, breathing, follow through and recovery. In this video we start with an introduction to trigger control. Trigger control is defined as minimal disturbance to the pistol when pressing the trigger. Trigger control requires prepping the trigger (pressing it for a bit until it stops, about 1/2 way), then increasing the force until the trigger "breaks". This process is similar to taking a picture with a modern digital camera. When we take a digital snap shot we first press the button half way to focus the shot then we increase the pressure and "break" a shot to snap the picture. Same principle for shooting a gun. Normal triggers have about 3 lbs of force to take up the slack in the trigger, then the trigger stops, and then another few pounds of force is required to break the shot. The objective with a SIRT is to have a "dot" not a "dash". A tight dot shows the gun is stable when we break the shot. A "dash" shows the muzzle is moving when we break the shot.

 

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Starting Out: Refresher of the Basics

Have to start with the basics.  Fundamentals are critical and before starting high volume training we must have the best technique possible.  Grip and stance are absolutely fundamental.  To test grip and stance we strongly suggest engaging in rapid shot drills to validate grip and stance.  The Heckens videos go through the the fundamentals with a slant to providing information for instructors.  The series of 6 videos are directed to shooters whether they are starting out or experienced.  A few of the queuing points are useful to get you body in a versatile shooting stance and grip.

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Training Cardio with Pistolcraft

This video shows working some AM cardio with a SIRT Pistol.  You don't necessarily need a gym to do some of these movements.  It is important to remember that a fitness regimen needs to be complete, this video is focused on cardio.  An example of a pure focused power and strenth training is shown here.

See the other tactical fitness videos such as the integrated pistocraft-cardio video the integrated pistocraft-cardio training post by the American Heros Champion SWAT Team.  If you are a CrossFit fanatic, check out the pistolcraft skills integrated in a CrossFit workout.   Stay tuned and take a look at the  tactical fitness training modules for other training modules that integrate pistolcraft with strength, cardio and physical training.

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Scotti Files: Week 2; Session 2: Setting up and shooting.

Week two, training  fourth training session overall!  This training first addresses movement where Scotti trains decelerating into position and breaks a shot as soon as possible.  this
 

Poul Ups!!

Poul Ups are one of the first pure strength movements that can be properly combined with fine motor skill movements and body control with pistolcraft.  Poul Christensen of Denmark came up with this concept and it is nothing short of brilliant.  The movement is a derivative of horizontal pull-ups but with one hand and torqueing the body to an upward stable position while breaking a shot.  Poul is former Danish Military and distributing the SIRT and providing training with his business partner Lars Hagemann in Europe.

Although this movement requires a great deal of strength, the fine motor movements require exceptional trigger control.  The sight will not stay very steady as the body gets tired.  Therefore the shooter has to execute solid trigger mechanics to break the shot as sight picture becomes acceptable.  Generally sight picture is only acceptable for a short window so we have to break the shot on demand and not disturb the muzzle (or sufer a miss!).

See the other tactical fitness videos such as the integrated pistocraft-cardio video the integrated pistocraft-cardio training post by the American Heros Champion SWAT Team.  If you are a CrossFit fanatic, check out the pistolcraft skills integrated in a CrossFit workout.   Stay tuned and take a look at the  tactical fitness training modules for other training modules that integrate pistolcraft with strength, cardio and physical training.

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