What’s Best? Hair Trigger or Firm Pull?

Posted on May 10, 2012

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How light should the release’s trigger be? Ultimately, it’s a personal choice, and the only way to ascertain the answer is through experimentation.

Hey, Joe. I’ve been experimenting with trigger pull and was wondering what you use. Do you prefer a hair trigger or a firm pull? It seems a hair trigger makes me a bit jumpy. Any advice would be great. Thanks.

Jim Perry, via e-mail

Hi, Jim. There’s a fine line between too light and too firm in my experience. Of course, this will vary for each shooter, because everyone’s strength and shooting techniques are a bit different. Personally, I do prefer a fairly light trigger, but not too light. Too light sets the shot off too quickly sometimes, which prevents that surprise release I’m looking for.

I try to adjust the release’s trigger so that when applying back tension, the shot breaks in about 4 or 5 seconds. Any sooner, and my mind begins picking up on it and can predict when the shot will happen. I don’t want this; I want to be surprised and focused on the process of aiming or applying back tension–nothing else.–Joe Bell, editor


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