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Old June 5, 2011, 04:57 PM   #28
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I should have made myself more clear, I meant in a SD situation, where you wouldn't pull the trigger slowly but have to fire quickly. If I shoot a DA pistol for target shooting, I don't find the hard pull to get me off my target, but that's because I pull it slowly to adjust my aim if necessary. In my experience, pulling a DA trigger fast will always generate some sort of wobble (at least more then even a squirky 5 lbs SA trigger)
Fascinating. Goes to show that no two individuals are alike.

I'm the exact opposite. When I do "dive for cover" drills, engaging multiple targets out to 15 yards rapid fire, I find I do better with a long DA trigger as my inclination, or temptation to jerk the trigger seems to be held in check better, versus say the short trigger of a 1911 which doesn't give any time to "moderate" the squeeze (for lack of a better term) before the hammer falls.

As a result, I shoot DA revolvers more quickly and more accurately than 1911s, XDs, Glocks, etc. For me, it is easier to keep the DA trigger in a constant, steady state of motion (I'm already squeezing the trigger while the gun is coming back on target) as I get more tactile feedback in the from of positive pressure from the mechanism, whereas with a 1911 I have to wait for the gun to get back on target and it doesn't really feel like I'm squeezing anything because the pull is so light, which makes it more likely that I'll end up jerking it (yes, this is my problem, not the gun's). In a good handling car, thats also the reason why I prefer a little heft in the steering as it makes my fine movements more precise.

I still love 1911s, but I'll have to try out a DA only CZ-75 someday, I figure I might well like it.

Different strokes, different folks. If we were all the same, life sure would get boring!

Cops are said to only average a 20% hit rate. We can assume we will be better, but will we? If we don't, that means we will only hit the BG once by unloading the average revolver. Thus, we are forced to assume a one-stop shot and just one BG.
Don't assume you will do better than 20%, know you will do better than 20%. Realistic training is of course important, but deep within your mind you must know you will do better than 20%, 40% ... 75% ... 90%. No doubts whatsoever. The ability is there. On the flip side, Bill Jordan spoke in his book No Second Place Winner about how to keep your mind focused while under fire. One of the things he stressed that I found particularly interesting is to not hope the other guy will miss, but know he will miss. For him, this allowed him instead to focus on putting rounds on the bad guy, specifically his shirt pocket IIRC.

Anyway, yes that does sound corny, and that may or may not work for you, but it may give you some "mind training" exercises to consider.

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