Trig­ger Trou­ble

Air Gunner - - Your Letters - MIKE ‘HARRY’ EDRICH

Great idea to write about trig­ger tech­nique – a ne­glected topic. I would love to im­prove. Like most peo­ple, I can shoot off a bench fairly well, just squeez­ing the trig­ger un­til the gun goes off, al­most tak­ing me by sur­prise, be­cause shoot­ing this way en­ables a very steady hold on the aim point.

How­ever, given field con­di­tions, even with a shoot­ing stick or rest­ing on a tree or some­thing sim­i­lar, I find it im­pos­si­ble to keep the ri­fle as still as on a bench rest. So, what does one do then? Us­ing the above tech­nique one might be at ex­treme point of wob­ble from the aim point when the gun goes off, or does one try to es­ti­mate when the ri­fle will be ex­actly on tar­get, and ‘pull’ the trig­ger at that mo­ment – al­most cer­tainly re­sult­ing in a ‘pulled’ shot! For me ei­ther way tends to lead to in­ac­cu­ra­cies, so what should I be do­ing? Maybe this ties up with trig­ger weight as well? Some help on all this would be re­ally ap­pre­ci­ated!

One other ques­tion I have; I live near Bury St Ed­munds in Suf­folk, but can’t find an air ri­fle club within a rea­son­able dis­tance to join, does any­body have any sug­ges­tions?

Good luck with the mag­a­zine, I get it every month and find it a most en­joy­able read. You seem to have some ex­cel­lent ideas and I’m sure the mag­a­zine will pros­per un­der your guid­ance.

I shall look for­ward to fu­ture months with in­ter­est. Hi Mike,

A cou­ple of great ques­tions there, mate, and your first one re­gard­ing trig­ger tech­nique and ‘wob­bly’ shots will be ad­dressed soon in a full-length fea­ture. Don’t worry though, you’re not alone, I too en­counter sim­i­lar prob­lems as do 99 per cent of air­gun­ners.

It’s not all down to trig­ger tech­nique, but get­ting that right will cer­tainly help to re­duce or even elim­i­nate the chances of a snatched or pulled shot. Be­lieve it or not, a lot of the time the ‘wob­bly gun’ syn­drome is down to poor stance and breath­ing.

You’ve given me food for thought there for fu­ture fea­tures.

As far as find­ing a club goes, there is one near Caven­ham that caters for air­gun­ners. The Bury St Ed­munds Pis­tol and Ri­fle Club has a ten-point, 25-me­tre range with turn­ing targets for FAC ri­fles, and a 10-me­tre in­door air­gun range.

Check them out at: or email: clu­[email protected] Ed

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