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Old February 18, 2021, 10:04 AM   #9
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I believe that the instructor is teaching "proven methods" that work for most people. If the instructor believes that you have developed some "bad habits", it is his job to help you correct those "bad habits" and to teach you the "right way".

Why is it bad to place your finger all the way to the first joint? There is a tendency to pull the gun to the right (if you are right handed) when pull the trigger. Is it possible to pull the trigger that way without moving the gun? I'm sure the answer to that is yes, but it must be practiced. If the issue is heavy trigger pulls, work on hand strengthening exercises and consider reducing the trigger pull weights.

Why does it make sense to extend your arms? It helps control recoil and also presents a more consistent sight picture (sights should always be the same distance from your eyes). There should be less moving "parts" and the recoil will be managed by your elbows and wrists bending. Ideally, less body parts moving will allow you to get back on target faster to your "reset" position. Most instructors will also recommend that you have your gun under tension by pushing with your support hand and pulling with your support hand. This will also help control recoil.

The idea is that you can pick up most guns and shoot them well without adjusting how you place your finger. If you are at the point that your "habit" is set and it works for you, that stick with what works for you. The problem with BB guns is most of them have crappy triggers. Also, the lack of recoil has allowed you to shoot the gun differently. Long story short, work on what you were taught. Unorthodox styles can have strange results when the proverbial poop hits the fan.
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