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February 2024: Drill of the Month

Finesse the Press – Trigger Control

February’s Shooting Journal theme is Trigger Control. For in-depth articles and dryfire practice exercises corresponding to live fire drills, refer to Month 2 in your journal. Also, please take advantage of our monthly Virtual Girls Night Outs streaming live or in our archived recordings available to active members on the topic of Trigger Control. 

Several elements make it possible to take a perfect shot. Your grip must be well built and under correct pressure, your sights must be properly aligned, and you must be able to move the trigger to the rear to fire the gun without disturbing the sights. Finesse the Press is a drill focused on gaining tactile awareness of trigger manipulation to enhance practice and perfect trigger control. 


  1. Treat ALL guns as if they are loaded.
  2. Keep fingers off the trigger until ready to shoot.
  3. Keep guns pointed in a safe direction at ALL times. (Do not point your gun at anything  you are not willing to destroy)
  4. Keep all guns UNLOADED until ready to shoot.
  5. Always keep your firearms stored unaccessible to unauthorized persons.

Drill: Finesse the Press

Ammunition: 15 Rounds (3 sets of 5 rounds)

Target: AG & AG Silhouette Target

Scoring: Impacts must break the ink line of the designated target zone to count as a good hit.

Amber/Blue Color Track Distance: 3 yards, 5 yards, 7 yards

Amber/Blue Color Track Target Zone: Center purple circle

Green/Orange Color Track Distance: 5 yards, 7 yards, 10 yards

Green/Orange Color Track Target Zone: Top purple circle


  • Load 5 rounds into the magazine.
  • Load and make ready.
  • Present pistol and align sights on the target set at appropriate color track distance.
  1. Notice the sights wiggle just slightly as you move the trigger finger from index high along the frame to the trigger.
  2. Ensure the pad of your finger is positioned such that pressure is applied to the front, flat surface of the trigger and not pressing or pulling against the trigger’s sides. 
  3. Compress slowly and straight to the rear, removing the “slack/mechanical take up” until a noticeable change in pressure is felt and the trigger is at the “wall/break” and pauses.
  4. Confirm grip pressure, perfect sights, and remember to breathe.
  5. Slowly exhale, maintaining grip and a hard mental focus on the sights, and drag what remains of the trigger straight back. 
  • Reacquire the sights post recoil on your target and repeat steps 3 – 5 for four more reps.
  • Safely clear and bench.
  • Move the target to the next distance and repeat for three reps. 


What did you observe in your sights through the trigger manipulation process?

What did you learn about the length or amount of slack in your trigger?

How much pressure change did you observe between the slack and the wall?

Did changing distances make you focus more on the feel of each shot?

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