Speed Shooting Tips: How To Control Trigger

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There are countless speed shooting tips to put you on the path towards effective and reliable speed shooting. Get some of the useful tips as you continue to read this post.

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In this article:

  1. Understanding the Trigger Slack
  2. Practice First with Close Targets

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Understanding the Trigger Slack

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Speed shooting tips are easy to understand; a lot harder to master.

We will do our best to cover everything about speed shooting here on GC (and if we’re missing any, do not hesitate to let us know!). But in this post, we are going to talk about trigger slack.

Every trigger has trigger slack or the drop or movement of the trigger that doesn’t cause a fire. Understanding the trigger slack on your weapon is key to maximizing the efficiency of your firing speed.

World Champion Simon “JJ” Racaza has mastered how to eliminate the slack on your trigger so that you can increase your firing speed. In his ongoing series, Racaza goes through various techniques that will turn you into a speed shooting master (so long as you actually practice and practice them, of course).

As a world champion, Racaza’s insight is invaluable. His techniques are proven to be effective and he shares his inside knowledge with you so that your firing speed will drastically increase.

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He shows one such technique: prepping the trigger during the recoil. A lot of us here at GC remember way back to our Basic Academy days.

We went through countless speed shooting drills holding the trigger to the rear, then realigning the sights, and then slowly releasing the trigger until we felt that very distinct click before we started preparing for the next shot. I

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n speed shooting, we are attempting to take multiple shots with accuracy over the briefest amount of time possible.

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When it comes to speed shooting guns, Racaza emphasizes prepping the trigger to the breaking point. This requires each user to become very familiar with their individual firearm.

He recommends working with only one speed shooting pistol in very controlled conditions when you are first starting down this path to becoming an effective speed shooter.

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The technique is rather simple. As soon as the trigger strikes, during the recoil, one should prep the trigger (i.e. remove the trigger slack) immediately.

This allows him to save time in the manipulation of the trigger.

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Practice First with Close Targets

It is one, continuous movement that flows from strike to recoil to prep in one fluid motion. This enables the shooter to have a quicker level of preparedness than waiting to get on target before prepping the trigger.

You need to start by practicing at fairly close targets (no more than 7 yards or so). We’d suggest you build on that afterward by placing two targets roughly 5-to-six feet apart and at no more than 10 yards.

Start with headshots, then progress to two body shots and a headshot respectively. Repeat, repeat, and repeat again.

Here’s a video by NSSF that talks about more tips about speed shooting:

Speed shooting is not an easy skill to learn. You have to consider a lot of things that will influence your ability to shoot faster than usual while consistently hitting the target.

The recoil of a gun, in particular, is an example of a potential obstacle in speed shooting, or in any type of shooting exercises. It’s important for the shooter to know his gun first before doing any real firing activities.

Do you find these tips helpful in your speed shooting drills? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below!

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on March 18, 2015, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

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