Can the Trigger Trainer improve marksmanship?
The Trigger Trainer is a 1.25 pound hunk of Grivory plastic designed to develop smooth trigger control, subsequently improving accuracy and speed
In my position as the PoliceOne Editor in Chief, I sometimes receive an unsolicited box in the mail. The packages which have oil dripping from them or are making an obvious ticking sound get slapped with a “Return to Sender” sticker, but those which seem like legitimate law enforcement products for testing and evaluation always get at least a quick glance.
A couple of weeks ago, one such box was left on my desk. It contained a product called the Trigger Trainer, from a company called Full-Scale Tactics.
The accompanying letter from company president Derrick Jordan — a Federal law enforcement officer with more than 12 years on at a couple of ‘alphabet soup’ agencies — indicated that the product officially hit the market on March 21st so it’s pretty probable most cops out there don’t yet know about it.
Fistful of Polyphthalamide
For the time being, let me just summarize some of the product features. As you can see from the image below and to the left, the Trigger Trainer is designed to simulate the grip and trigger of a generic pistol or pistol-grip rifle.
Measuring 5” long, 4.5” wide, and 1.5” thick (at the handle), the Trigger Trainer is a 1.25 pound hunk of Grivory plastic — known officially as polyphthalamide, a material so dense and tough it’s being used to make non-metallic knives.
The trigger itself moves straight back on a piston surrounded by a removable spring assembly. That spring assembly is easily swapped out with a large size flathead screwdriver — a dime would do in a pinch.
The basic unit comes with the green-capped, medium-weight (6-pound trigger pull) and the available accessory pouch contains a replacement green-cap spring, as well as a tan-cap spring (with 3-pound trigger pull) and red-cap spring (9-pound trigger pull).
There’s no “break” or “sear reset,” so that the user “can concentrate solely on trigger control and not the anticipation of a click,” according to the company website.
This could be interesting. I personally don’t subscribe to that adage stating you should be “surprised” by the break, but working with the Trigger Trainer might disabuse me of my opinion on that one (as long as I have a mind, I reserve the right to change it).
Preparedness is Priceless
Furthermore, with the cost of ammo being what it is, conducting dry-fire exercises — as well as doing a variety of other types of practice, like unassing the vehicle and drawing your firearm — are literally invaluable. You simply cannot put a price on preparedness.
“That’s one of the main reasons I invented the Trigger Trainer,” Jordan said when we connected via phone yesterday. “Being in law enforcement, knowing a lot of law enforcement officers, they get to the range four times a year when they have to qualify,” Jordan said.
"That’s sometimes because of the cost of ammo, but usually it’s because of work schedules. So my thought was, ‘You can’t sit there and dry-fire your gun while on duty, out on surveillance. What other way can you do some repetitions and build some muscle memory?’ So I came up with this idea of the Trigger Trainer.”
• Grip the Trigger Trainer with a firm One-Handed or Two-Handed grip, making sure the index finger clears the stock.
Looks Like a Squirt Gun
Jordan didn’t want it to have a barrel or other elements that would make it look like an actual gun because he wanted it to be used anywhere. “It’s designed to not look too toy-ish, but not to look threatening either.”
I joked with him that I briefly entertained the notion of putting it in my checked baggage for my weeklong trip to ILEETA — I received the product just days before departure to Chicagoland — but decided I didn’t want to deal with the TSA headache that might have ensued.
At present, the Trigger Trainer is sold exclusively online at TheTriggerTrainer.com, but Jordan says it will be carried by sporting stores sometime in the future. The price for an individual Trigger Trainer is $55 — bulk sales to agencies and academies can be worked out with Jordan and his team at Full-Scale Tactics.
One last thing. Jordan advises me PoliceOne Members can get $10 off the purchase price by entering coupon code ‘10Off’ on the company’s shopping page.
Can the Trigger Trainer Improve Marksmanship?
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