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: www.bsepc.org.uk or email: clu[email protected] Ed