The Myth of Trigger Finger Placement

“What difference does it make if it means you can press the trigger straight to the rear?” I have never found a reason to doubt Jerry Jones, but just for a second, I thought he couldn’t be right.  We all know that the middle of the first pad of the index finger is the only place the trigger can be properly indexed, right?  Still, I had the data points backing Jerry’s argument from my range time that very day.  The proof was on the paper.  Using what would be considered by many as an incorrect trigger finger placement, I tightened my groups substantially.   After decades of intellectual inertia, I gave myself permission to experiment.

I started by using the largest (and least comfortable) grips on my M&P pistols.  Then, I pushed my finger in on the trigger to nearly the first knuckle and found success.  With this in mind, I went to a snubby revolver school taught by Chuck Haggard at the Rangemaster Tactical Conference.  Chuck went as far as to encourage students to use the first knuckle of the firing digit to properly execute a trigger press on those tiny wheelguns.  I went even further and used the second (middle) phalanx  of my index finger.  The results were amazing.  I could suddenly shoot a J-Frame revolver at 12 yards almost as accurately as I could a duty pistol.

Granted, this article will likely give some readers an old-fashioned case of the vapors, but consider this:  Were everyone the same, instructors could teach shooting techniques like the imagination-deprived architects of seemingly every new middle-class, cookie-cutter housing addition.  However, the human design does not allow for that luxury.  Consider yours truly as an example.  I am slightly less than 74 inches tall with a 36 inch inseam and my, “wingspan” is 79 inches.   From finger tip to fingertip, I am five inches wider than I am tall…and I ain’t exactly short.   My hands are very large.  In fact, I have never met another human being with hands longer than mine who wasn’t at least five or six inches taller than me.  Considering all this and that firearms aren’t generally designed for lower primates, isn’t it possible that what works for less malformed folks doesn’t work for me?

I know.  I know.  “It works for me,” is an expression widely criticized by firearms and use of force experts, but I don’t think that is an appropriate assessment of what we’re discussing here.  The simple fact is that using, “too much” trigger finger does, indeed, work for me.  It may very well work for you, too.  If your trigger control isn’t exactly what you want it to be, experiment a little with your finger placement.

Be safe and appropriately dangerous.