Scotti Files: Week 1; Session 2; Drill 2; Video 1 Shooting on Move, I Mean Trigger Control Work
So its day 2 with a beginner. Of course I want to hit the fundamentals hard core, so what do we jump into? Shooting on the move. This may sound strange, but after working heavy on grip and stance (by pretending to work on draw), shooting on the move really works trigger control. Training points in the video are:
- Teach muzzle awareness to new shooters
- Get finger off of trigger and indexed on frame when not engaging targets
- Make new shooters aware when they screw up the above two rules, if they have attitude, crush them.
- Shooting on the move disturbs sight picture so trigger control has to be exercised on demand (with a short window to break the shot).
Ironically, we don't really care about shooting on the move. The drill is just a conduit for grinding in muzzle awareness, trigger finger safety discipline and trigger mechanics/control.
Trigger control is one of the most difficult fundamentals to master. Trigger control is basically pressing the trigger straight rearward (and a little bit up since the triggers pivot about a pin for non 1911s) and not disturbing the sights. Once we feel good about ourselves in slow controlled fire, when the heat turns up and we have to break the trigger on demand, mechanics go to heck.
When we shoot on the move, there is inherent sight disturbance. When the sights get on target (particular at further shots) there is a brief window to break the shot. Therefore, real trigger control is being able to break the shot on demand with quality of movement. Sounds simple but difficult to master.
With Scotti we through her in the thick of it and trained shooting on the move for two purposes 1) to observe her trigger mechanics and 2) get her muzzle aware and her finger off of the trigger when not engaging targets. Honestly, the SiRT is awesome for these drills. The green laser sweep tells a us a lot as to what the trigger is doing and because the SIRTs are inert (can not fire a round), we feel comfortable going down range from another shooter. Unfortunately, Scotti was using a SIRT Trainer with red shot indicating lasers. Although we could see her hits, the film did not pick them up.