I wrote a long article early on in the blog about trigger control. The rifle I was using then had a superb feeling trigger. It was one of those glass rod type things, I would say just under 3 lbs. The trigger on my current rifle, the FN PBR-XP is about 3.5 lbs with a bit of pre travel. Some might call it creep. It demands that I have good trigger discipline and will not accept anything less than what it wants.
Here’s what seems to work the best, the best being I see no reticle movement as the trigger breaks during dry fire.
The second joint is as close to 90° as I can get it. The first joint is relaxed. This seems to result in a pretty good technique for the Glock as well.
Here is a photo without the rifle in the way:
The camera angle makes it look like I’m right on the fingertip, but I tend to stay in roughly the center of the pad.
This is what I’ve been trying for on all my rifles for a while now. Since trigger control is one of those major components of marksmanship, I will compromise other things to make it just right. In a perfect world in which the government supplied everyone with a special rifle fitted exactly to their body, we wouldn’t have to make any compromises. As it sits now, only the privileged 1% can afford to have such a special rifle. Perhaps if the poor could reduce the size of their flatscreens from 60” to 50” and sacrifice just one marinated steak per month, we could get our rifles fitted.
In lieu of a fitted rifle, here is what I do instead:
I use my fingers to stand my grip off the pistol grip sufficiently to make the trigger technique work like it should. I’m sure it creates its own issues, but the problem it solves is more significant in my opinion.
I’m still working on my trigger work. I believe it’s one of those things you can never be complacent with.
Thank you for reading. Now go and shoot.
See you in 2013!