Good trigger-finger discipline can reduce the risk of having one of those “I accidentally shot myself in the leg” stories you read about. It all comes down to one thing: keeping your finger off the trigger until your ready to fire your weapon. To have the most control over your firearm, this skill needs to be continuously practiced until it becomes a natural reflex.
The easiest way to control this is to keep your finger extended and resting up on the slide or cylinder. By keeping your index finger there, you are making it nearly impossible to accidentally manipulate the trigger.
For practicing, the Director of the Sig Sauer Academy in New Hampshire, Adam Painchaud shared a pistol drill that can help improve your trigger-finger discipline and overall accuracy. This drill can be done with a paper or steel target, depending on your preference. In the drill, Painchaud set his steel target at 40 yards away and did 5 iterations of the following:
- Load pistol
- Remove the magazine
- Take aim and get a nice shot off
- Settle your firearm back down, reset with trigger, and get another shot off (will be a dry fire)
Painchaud states that if you’re firing and your shots are going low left or low right, this drill will show you what you’re doing wrong. In the video, he explains a little bit about trigger-finger discipline, and walks you through his drill.