Drill Progression: Prep-Break-Reset
The next progression of the drill is “prep-break-reset”. It is extremely important to understand the proper way to pull a trigger, and moreover, reset and re-prep a trigger for safe, effective shooting of multiple consecutive accurate shots. Turn on the take up indicator where the shooter will extend the pistol out, prep the trigger to “the wall” and note that there is a red laser below the sight picture. This also can be beneficial because they can start both-eye-open shooting, which is the spillover benefit as described further below. With the red take-up laser on, point out key locations: the wall, where they fully prep the trigger, and note how the trigger gets more difficult to continue to press to actually break the shot. This variance in trigger pressure is the main reason that beginners miss targets. That is why trigger mechanics are very simple to understand but very difficult to master. Now you should verbalize and explain to the students to break the shot, pin the trigger back, and keep the upper laser on. If you have performer models the upper laser will be red. Pro models the upper shot, indicating the laser will be green. Now, explain and walk through with the pin trigger. Release the trigger forward sufficiently to hear the distinctive click, and re-prep to turn the lower red laser on. Now, explain to them that they just completed a shot. Even though the bullet was ejected upon the green laser emitting, they are not done shooting until they reset and re-prep.
Another practical example is that the students take a weekend course so they have the option of getting a weekday course in the evening or the weekend course in an afternoon time block. Some students like to take the same course twice. Generally speaking, this course is very scalable in numbers and the way it averages out, there won't be an overcapacity issue.
You want to start with strong hand only because grip takes a lot of patience and discipline to put in correctly. Starting with strong hand only is nice because it’s a relevant skill set in itself, but also the trigger finger is more isolated without the aid of the support hand to mask trigger mechanic deficiencies. A good grip will mask a trigger mechanic deficiency when shooting with the strong hand only, the support hand is not there to stabilize the gun so to speak. The trigger finger has to act on its own to break the shot without moving the muzzle. We’ll get to grip later but one point to consider is having that high raised flagged thumb where it stands up like a flagpole, because not only does that stabilize the hand a little bit, but also it sets the stage for the support hand to engage next there to for solid two-handed full engagement grip.