Note – In retrospect, this should probably be titled, “Running the ‘Pistol XYZ’ Trigger.” The methods and training practices that work well with the Glock should also work well with many other guns.
Recently, over at Pistol-Forum.com, there was a great discussion about managing the Glock pistol trigger at speed. P-F.com member and firearms instructor Wayne Dobbs posted an excellent comment, including a training drill that I just got a chance to try out. I’ll repeat the highlights here:
“During live fire training I usually shoot 15-25 shots on what Larry Vickers calls command fire. The drill is run at five to seven yards on the X ring of a B-8 bull or a similar sized (~1.5 inches) target. The shot timer is set to .25-.30 second on delay, the sights are aligned and the trigger slacked out. On the beep, I fire a shot inside the time limit using perfect (and rapid) trigger control and the shot must be well inside the target zone. If I miss, I stop and do five to 10 remedial dry presses and start over. It’s mentally tough and requires solid focus and attention to all the details. It is a method to solidly ingrain the skills needed to manage the trigger well.”
I tried this drill out last night, using 2″ dots at 7 yards, and found it very useful for curing the tendency to slap through the trigger on a Glock (the source of a lot of mysterious low shots.) I continued the drill with press-outs from high ready, trigger finger in register, with a 0.7 sec. par, for the same number of reps. The point of this is to practice getting the trigger fully prepped before the sights are on target. The next natural step, of course, would be draws from the holster.
Give it a try, see how it works. Oh, and check out that thread on Pistol-Forum.com, there’s a lot of good discussion going on.