Reflexive Trigger Snapping: Stop It!

I’m sure there is plenty of blame or culpability to go around on this subject, but from my experience, the U.S. Military is one of the worst offenders. Reflexive trigger snapping, as in pressing the trigger when there is no desire to actually fire...

Thankfully both times he pulled the trigger his weapon was aimed at the clearing barrel.  That example – an experience I was quite thankfully not involved in, but was able to learn from – reminds me to this day that there is nothing routine in the handling of any weapon.  Paul is absolutely right in his admonishment to stop reflexively snapping the trigger on ANY weapon.  EVERY time you pull the trigger it should be your conscious intention to do so with a specific purpose in mind. – Frank Borelli


About the Author

Paul Markel has been a firearms industry writer for twenty years and is the author of the new book “Student of the Gun; A beginner once, a student for life.”  Paul hosts and produces “Student of the Gun” a show dedicated to education, experience, and enjoyment of firearms.  Episodes of SOTG can be viewed by simply going to and clicking the “play” icon.

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