Today at SigForum there is a thread running with a poll toward the subject matter of trigger manipulation.
This is an item that in my own travels I have seen mis-used and confused by all manner of persons albeit almost always by certain degree/level shooters and by persons attempting to 'show' another how to shoot...But not actually doing or being an 'instructor'.Question:
When instructing a new shooter do you find it best to describe the action of the trigger finger?
Other [My own vote]
Thread source - Squeeze, press, or pull? -SigForum.com
Below is is my response to that thread which I thought would be useful here too.
I generally use none of the above, even as they all are commonly used.
Instead I have taken to use the term 'toggle' as in the action to; "Toggle the trigger".
Squeezing a trigger is what you do when shooting bullseye type fine accuracy effort precision shooting, with a handgun or rifle.
Most often this is appropriate for and what is taught to newbie gun trainees as well as to fine accuracy shooters and to instructors as by instructors when discussing how to train new shooters and/or precision shooting.
Pressing the trigger is what you do toward combat handgun and rifle shooting, as at close to intermediate distances.
Pressing the trigger does not work well for bullseye and other fine accuracy shooting nor does it help new shooters best develop good fine motor control of their finger by their brain.
Pulling the trigger is what is done on shotguns when firing shot.
There is no trigger squeeze nor press as related to the projectile itself being shot. Even as the shotgun might be highly choked (full or extra full), which is purposed to extend range of the projectiles fired, and result in a tight pattern at distance.
Because the above three are specific as based on firearm type, projectile type, firearm application, user skill and user intent...Rather than muddy the water confusing a given student (especially new shooters) with terminology that may not be appropriate in specific or at large...I have taken to using a term that encompasses all.
By that as specific to the firearm, type, application/intent and who I am speaking to I may specifically choose to use 'Squeeze', 'Press' or 'Pull' as term.Toggle
: to switch between two options...
Source - Toggle - Merriam-Webster Dictionary
If so though I almost always will explain why I am using that specific term and what exactly it means by applied action.
Squeeze the trigger
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Press the trigger
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Pull the trigger
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I've very much found that every person knows what toggle means, and by that how they go about manipulating the trigger as relevant to the conversation I may add the term press, squeeze or pull as being an adjective in addition to the verb as to toggle (the trigger).
This has proven for me to result in muchless confusion by students and persons I am talking to as toward what I or they expect to be done, how and to what degree.
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