Dave Barham puts the spotlight on one of the most important features of any airgun
Dave Barham discusses the importance of trigger technique
Since landing my dream job as editor of Air Gunner, I’ve been putting in some extensive range time with all sorts of rifles and pistols. Many facts of my airgunning life continue to emerge from this intensive ‘ training’ I’m doing, not least the importance of a good trigger and the knowledge of how to use it. Am I preaching to the converted? Well, in some cases that’s undoubtedly true, but recent experiences have shown that plenty of us still need to appreciate the benefits of proper trigger use – and very much vice versa.
I’ve been joined on my intensive shooting sessions by several friends, plus I’ve been studying the way other shooters use their triggers. I’ve seen shooters who really know their trigger technique and who squeeze off shots in a totally controlled, consistent manner, and I’ve seen experienced shooters and novices alike, pulling triggers, with the emphasis firmly on ‘pull’! A very few of those who have joined me on my sessions have commented on the triggers they’ve used, and I now have the a growing conviction that too many of us need to reconsider how we use these vital components – which definitely includes me!
NEW SERIES REQUIRED?
I believe this subject, containing as it does so much about overall shooting technique, deserves to be fully explored, understood and rinsed of every bit of practical advice we can extract from it. I’ve been speaking with our contributors and my colleagues about this, and putting to use the advice I’ve been given, and I can already tell the difference. This convinces me that our readers can gain the same advantage, if the advice is properly presented.
The simple fact is, everyone benefits from using proper trigger technique. My own recent ‘trigger training’ has shown me that using the trigger properly brings in just about every other technique we use, including stance, grip, breathing control, gun fit and the apparently mystical art of follow-through. It’s all there, and more, in expert trigger technique. I’ll even go so far as to state, if you get your trigger use absolutely right, the rest of your technique will almost certainly improve right along with it. Trigger technique isn’t a separate skill, it’s interlinked with practically everything, as our new series will show.
OVER TO YOU
Trigger technique is just one of many topics we’ll be exploring in forthcoming issues, and the subject matter of these will be entirely up to our readers. As I said in my editorial, we need your input, and as much of it as possible. Please send in those suggestions for any and all topics you’d like to see examined within the pages of Air Gunner. It’s your magazine and it will serve everyone best if it gives you what you want. I look forward to hearing from you.
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