Lesson #9 – Trigger Squeeze
Focus: Trigger Squeeze
10 minutes – Discussion Points/Important Questions:
Why do we need a good trigger squeeze? To make sure that our trigger pull does not move us off the target.
What is a good trigger squeeze? A soft squeeze straight back. Pre-load to 2nd stage right away – Demo on a rifle.
Where should the trigger sit? Have athlete draw on your finger. Should sit just in front of the finger crease/first knuckle to help pull the trigger straight back.
15 minutes – Head Out to Range, Zero, Confirm, and Start 10 Minute Warm-up
35 minutes – Combo Practice Working on Session Focus
What to look for: Athletes pre-loading trigger as soon as they are looking down the sights.
25 minutes – 1 Skill/Drill Based on Focus: Team Trigger Pressure
Athletes load a clip and get in position. Coach calls 50%, athletes take up 50% of the trigger weight – first stage. Coach says 60%, 80%, 100%. Likely athletes will take the shot sooner than expected when trying to learn a heavy trigger. Take 10 shots this way, letting them get a feel for how far they can push their trigger before it shoots.
1 Game: Trigger Buddies – Targets on Manual Athletes are in pairs and side by side on 2 lanes. One partner will get into position on their rifle and aim, while the other must pull their trigger for them. They must figure out how to communicate when to take the shot on their own. Once a shot is taken, hit or miss, the one who is holding the rifle, gets up and runs to the fence and back while their partner gets into position on their rifle on the lane beside them. Then the athlete that just ran is in charge of pulling the trigger while their partner now aims. First team to get their 5 or 10 shots down wins.
Equipment Needed: Z/C Targets