Definition: The skillful manipulation of the trigger which causes the pistol or rifle to fire while maintaining sight alignment and sight picture.
- Even, crisp pressure applied to move the trigger straight to the rear of the pistol, isolating the movement of the trigger finger.
- Maintaining sight alignment and sight picture, do not stop, hesitate or pause. Make one smooth press. Let the shot surprise you.
- When the shot is fired immediately, regain sight alignment and sight picture and prepare for the next shot in precisely the same way.
Not only is the trigger press itself crucial, but also the placement of the trigger finger as well. For the semi-auto, about the middle of your finger print on the index finger should be about where your finger placement should rest on the trigger. Earlier under the section about the grip, I mentioned that the if weak hand index finger is allowed to rest in front of the trigger guard, you could easily steer the gun off target during recoil without realizing it. If you start pushing shots off to one side, check the placement of your weak hand index finger, and make sure it is below the trigger guard. This is also true about trigger finger placement. When you are shooting, if you notice shots off to one side or the other check where your trigger finger is resting on the trigger. Too much trigger finger on the trigger (Trigger finger too far inside the trigger guard) can pull shots toward your strong side. Too little trigger finger on the trigger can cause shots to be pushed to your weak side.