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Trigger Discipline: Proper & Poor Examples

Trigger discipline breaks down into not having your finger on the trigger until you are ready to shoot.

Why? Because keeping your booger hook off the bang switch until you’re ready to fire is a critical safety measure.

Most negligent discharges are the result of poor trigger discipline! So pay attention, because this could save your life or the life of a loved one.

This is my safety
Okay but really, put your mechanical safety on also.

Proper Trigger Discipline

The go-to technique is to extend and rest your trigger finger against the frame of the firearm.  This makes it much more difficult for a series of events to happen where you accidentally shoot someone or something.

Good Trigger Discipline Glock 17
Good Trigger Discipline Glock 17

Otherwise, if you rest your finger on the trigger or even in the trigger guard, you can fire your gun due to being startled, stumbling, getting spasms, or even bumps in the road.  Remember that scene in Pulp Fiction?

Pulp Fiction Poor Trigger Discipline
Pulp Fiction Poor Trigger Discipline

Examples in Media

Now that you know, you’ll start to see examples of both good and bad trigger discipline all over the media.  Here’s some of our favorites.

Double good trigger discipline in Inception.

Inception Good Trigger Discipline
Inception Good Trigger Discipline

Good ole Feinstein practicing poor trigger discipline AND poor muzzle discipline.

Feinstein Poor Trigger Discipline
Feinstein Poor Trigger Discipline

James Bond definitely had some proper training.

Bond with Good Trigger Discipline
Bond with Good Trigger Discipline

And even Mr. Kalishnikov himself is guilty once in a while.

Kalashnikov Holding a Kalashnikov
Kalashnikov Holding a Kalashnikov
john wick trigger
Keanu Reeves as John Wick with some very nice trigger discipline!

Parting Shots

Good trigger discipline really is as simple as it sounds, but it’s important to always practice. It can be easy to develop bad habits or let yourself get complacent — but that is also how people get hurt.

Now that you’ve seen some good/bad examples…head out and learn how trigger discipline affects control.

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  • ThatOneBro

    Thank you Eric !

    May 18, 2019 4:51 pm
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