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Trigger Reset - The Importance of Understanding and Practicing Trigger Reset

After you depress the trigger and a round comes out, the trigger reset is the minimum space you have to let that trigger return before the sear re-engages the hammer or striker pin. The idea is that by just releasing to this point and no further, a concealed carrier can quickly fire follow-up shots.

Trigger Reset Cuts Down On Excessive Movement

When every millisecond counts, the less movement – the better. If you're able to play the trigger reset of your firearm correctly, you can quickly put rounds down range on target. Rather than fully releasing the trigger, simply relax it just to the point where it “clicks” into place. That's the trigger reset threshold. And it may be different for each pistol you own – so be sure to get a feel for each while at the range.

3 Ways To Train For Trigger Reset

When you do your regular practice at the range, train to discover the trigger reset for your daily carry concealed carry firearm. It's extremely helpful to know for emergencies.

• Slow Trigger Reset

Focus on feeling the trigger snap back into place. This is getting the muscle memory in place to use the trigger reset to your advantage later on.

Practice Drill: Load one magazine with 10 rounds. Aim at your target and keep your finger closely tuned with the trigger. Each time the trigger resets, feel that sensation. Aim for slow, steady squeezes and good shot groupings.

• Practice Quick, Successive Follow-Up Shots

The best way to see the fruits of your labor is to practice it! Once you've discovered the trigger reset threshold for your concealed carry pistol, practice firing in groups of two. The first round is the initial trigger squeeze and the second is a follow-up shot. This will train you in the habit of using your trigger reset skills.

Practice Drill: Load one magazine with 10 rounds. Draw your concealed carry pistol from your inside the waistband holster. Your first round should be followed by a quick follow-up round. Put your concealed carry pistol back in your holster. Repeat five times.

• Three Round Magazine Swaps

The best way to experience consistency is by practicing to change magazines. Not only does this force you to reacquire your target, but it also necessitates you learn the trigger reset point in your firearm.

Practice Drill: Take two or more magazines and fill them with three rounds. On the range, load the first magazine. Switching to a new magazine every three rounds will get you used to instinctively relying on the trigger reset no matter which magazine you have in the pistol. After you expend the first magazine, release it and load a second. And continue to the third. Look at your shot groupings and see if you felt comfortable with the trigger reset.

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Will Trigger Reset Matter When Adrenaline Kicks?

This is a hard question for concealed carriers who depend on their everyday carry to save their lives. When an emergency occurs and it's a life or death situation, adrenaline is soaring! That's why it's important to practice trigger reset – so your body is ready to respond at a moment's notice.

James England

About The Author

James England (@sir_jim_england) is the contributing editor for Alien Gear Holsters. He is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and private defense contracting in Afghanistan.