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Jerking the trigger or abruptly clenching the trigger hand can move the gun enough to cause a miss.

Handgun trigger squeeze

To squeeze the trigger without jarring the gun:

  • Place the pad of your index finger that is halfway between the tip and the first joint on the trigger.
  • Apply slow, steady pressure until the gun fires. Do not slap or jerk the trigger.
  • Squeeze the trigger directly toward the rear of the gun. Uneven pressure on the trigger can shift the sight picture and cause the shot to go wide of the target.

When a revolver is fired, powder flashing at the front of the cylinder can cause burns. Be sure to keep your fingers away from the front of the trigger area.