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Firearms Safety Rule 3

Firearms Safety Rule 3

Firearms Safety Rule 3

Firearms Safety Rule 3


Firearms Safety Rule 3: Keep finger off trigger until sights are on target and a you’ve made a conscience decision to shoot. But, where should it be when off the trigger?


Were you taught a definitive place to put your finger when not on trigger? Does it matter?


A fundamental of safe gun-handling is developing consistent trigger finger placement when sights are off target. Inconsistent trigger finger placement can quickly become a safety issue once movement, stress or other modifiers are introduced to the shooter. This may seem like common sense or rudimentary however shooters on ranges exhibit inconsistency with this all the time.


Consistent gun-handling is a sign of someone you want to shoot with, hunt with or partner with. Inconsistent gun-handling is a sign of someone to be avoided.


Four examples of common trigger finger placement:

1a+b) Finger along guard, note in 1b how you can see finger through the guard. NOT recommended. Startle response may lead to finger in trigger guard when not intended and straight finger can be easily injured if gun grabbed by close range attacker.


2a+b) The Ayoob “Trigger Finger Off” technique. Finger bent and placed on frame. Above trigger guard and bent to prevent injury if grabbed.


3a+b) Gomez “Hard Register” technique. Finger in ejection port, bent slightly, pressing inward. Again, above trigger guard and bent to prevent injury if grabbed.


4a+b) High Frame Index technique. Finger along slide and straight.



Pick one, practice it and use it consistently when handling firearms. For defensive purposes most of us will be handling our firearms way more than shooting them.


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