Instructor: Marshall Luton | Lead Instructor, TDSA Tulsa, OK
Marshall has been in law enforcement for 23 years. He owns and has successfully operated The Defensive Shooting Academy since 2000. He and his cadre of instructors are some of the finest in the industry.
Marshall is certified through the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training (C.L.E.E.T.) as a rifle, shotgun, and pistol instructor with over 1200 hours of training through various organizations and instructors.
Marshall briefly explains in the video that skills are enhanced and developed in the subconscious realm. Consciously, we can only focus on one thing at a time. Therefore, when you are asked to focus on trigger control, aiming the gun, grip, hard focus on the front sights, etc. it is very easy for the mind to get overwhelmed and forget to do one of them; thus, reducing accuracy. The instructors are aware of this human limitation, so they stay patient with their students and reinforce the correct steps in bringing them closer to the subconscious realm of the skill.
This is best said by Bruce Lee (Marshall’s favorite quote): “The consciousness of self is the greatest hindrance to the proper execution of all physical action”.
So, the more you think about what you need to do, the more likely you are to fail at the task at hand. Therefore, your best option is to train the neuromuscular system to do what you want it to do with hundreds or even thousands of repetitions.
Now, let us apply that principle to trigger control. Trigger control is often neglected in training relative to other components such as: the draw, magazine reloads, and speed shooting. However, those are all secondary components. The primary component is aiming the gun with trigger control.
So, let’s break that down in two parts: Preparing for a shot and Trigger Press.
Preparing for a shot:
The following are the precursor steps to shooting the gun. They are designed to prepare you to start shooting the gun:
The last step is to press slow and smooth on the trigger until it fires.
IMMEDIATELY after the gun fires, two things need to happen as soon as the bullet leaves the gun:
This sequence should happen every single time you fire a shot.
When first learning these skills, train this process by talking yourself through each step. Say each of them out loud to reinforce what you are doing into your neurological system.
Remember, if you train slowly at first, you will actually develop the skill much faster. The old saying holds true: SLOW IS SMOOTH, and SMOOTH IS FAST.