I was only able to get to the section in bold before I HAD to stop. It was much to painful.Like to get some thoughts about this article in Dec. Shooting Illustrated. First time I have seen this view. thanks Fay
An Official Journal Of The NRA | Why Trigger Jerk Is A Myth
About 30 years ago, I went deer hunting with two friends. Sometime after lunch, they started talking about shooting. One of them hung a coke can on a limb about 25 yards away. Both shot at the can multiple times and neither of them could hit the can. I let one try my bolt action Mauser but I didn't have a cartridge in it. It was really funny to watch him when he pulled the trigger. Flinch, trigger jerk, lunging forward, etc. he did them all. I shot one time and put my round through the center of the can, but I was familiar with shooting having shot high power competition.Watching some one jerk the trigger on a unloaded or on safety rifle is hilarious. .
Well, managed to read the whole thing. Sorry I did; at least I didn't get physically, but certainly felt better before reading it.Well, glad the audio triggered me to watch the video by Rob. Said all and more than I was about to say, and probably a lot better than I could. Learned more as always listening to Rob. Prep and pull, slapping, or jerking the trigger are really not relevant to where the bullet impacts the target. What matters is where the sights are aligned when the shot breaks. Many, most, or all of the defects in firing any gun can be compensated for and you make the shot you want. Removing the defect(s) make it easier and more repeatable. Rob’s approach is brilliant because of the simplicity of the approach — Learned to pull the trigger w/o moving gun first.
Will force myself to read thru the NRA article no matter how painful. But two comments on it. Physics 101 for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. The application of 1-6 or 8 lbs of pressure on the trigger will cause the firearm to move if nothing else changes. The only question is how much. My opinion is that a jerk is far more complex the the motion of the trigger finger. Don’t believe me— have a friend load a dummy round randomly in a magazine and then start shooting. Watch what happens when you pull the trigger on the dummy round. I believe the vast majority of us will see some movement, typicall down and left for right handed people and the opposite for left. The two important things are no gun movement when the trigger is pulled and sight alignment on the target when the shot breaks. No movement keeps the gun on target and the sight alignment when shot breaks determines where the shot hit.