The image above is from the recently released Full Metal Coloring: A Book of Down Range Reflection. While I’m delighted with the concept, the sample image shows poor technique. The shooter’s using WAY too much trigger finger.
When you place that much of your finger across the trigger, it’s almost inevitable that you’ll pull the gun to one side (the right side if you’re right-handed). Your shot will land outside of your original point of aim.
Make no mistake: a good trigger pull is critical to accurate shooting — and the most likely weakness for any shooter.
The trick: assume a proper stance, get your sights on target, breathe and squeeze. Your trigger finger is the only part of your body that should move. (Unless you’re moving, which you should be in a defensive gun use.) You should always pull the trigger straight back towards you.
The correct trigger finger placement: the trigger should sit just ahead of — but not on — your trigger finger’s distal joint. That’s the first crease in your finger. Pull straight back and voila!
That said, there are two situations where that might not be possible.
First, if you’ve got really small hands. Your finger may not be long enough to get enough purchase on the trigger. Guess what? You have the wrong gun. There are handguns that enable our smaller-fingered friends. (Dan the man favors a GLOCK 43.) If you have the wrong gun, get another one.
Second, if you’ve got giant hands. In that case, again, you may have the wrong gun. I say “may” because there may not be a handgun capable of properly accommodating your lengthy trigger finger.
If you don’t or can’t change your gun to suit your small finger, or if you can’t find one that enables proper trigger placement for your humongous digit, training is the answer. It’s entirely possible to master a straight pull with too little or too much trigger finger, and highly recommended.