Trigger Control or Mind Control

Vogel vs Edge Competition Trigger

A legend of the firearms industry once said “Marksmanship is simple, but it ain’t easy.” Although I can’t recall who said it, I have repeated these words to a multitude of students over the years and I feel that it really is the most honest way to approach handgun skills. Lets unpack this saying and explore the ways your mind affects your marksmanship.


Marksmanship is Simple

Most modern handguns, if locked down in a vise to remove the human element, will send bullets through to same ragged hole in a target at defensive handgun distances. With marksmanship being defined as “skill in shooting” any lack of accuracy falls firmly on to the skill of the operator. Put simply all one needs to do to hit a given spot on a target is to align the gun with the target and press the trigger without disturbing the rest of the machine.  Sounds “Simple” right?


It Ain’t Easy

Human beings like you and I have a natural aversion to sudden loud noises and explosive events. As a species we are easily startled, possibly as a result of genetic traits passed down from our ancestors. We developed these reflexes over time to avoid becoming a predators next meal.

Discharging a handgun produces a very startling event. The concussion of the muzzle blast, the flash of gunpowder, and the shock of recoil cause us to defend ourselves from the explosion we created by pulling the trigger. Without proper conditioning a shooter will quickly develop the reflex of anticipating the blast. The violence of the exploding cartridge will cause the shooter to tighten the muscles in their arms and press the muzzle toward the earth to combat muzzle rise. This will cause the gun to become misaligned with the target and disturb the machine while pulling the trigger.

Regardless of how methodically you align your sights prior to the shot, the bullet will impact the target wherever your sights are “actually” aligned at the instant the bullet leaves the barrel. Preparing for recoil in the fraction of a second before the trigger breaks will cause you to tense your grip (moving the muzzle to the left for right handed shooters) and push the muzzle down. The shot will be exactly where the sights were aligned in the time after you acquired the initial sight picture. Your sights moved from the intended target while bracing for the blast and the bullet leaves the muzzle while aimed at a spot low and to the left.

Does any of this sound familiar? If it does be sure to check back for our next blog where we will discuss ways to overcome this physiological reaction and keep your hits in the center of the target where they belong.





Skimmer vs Guardian Trigger System

Skimmer vs. Guardian Trigger Comparison

Comparing the Skimmer and Guardian Duty/Carry Trigger Systems: Which One is Right for You?

Both the Skimmer and Guardian duty/carry trigger systems have been in use by responsible armed citizens and several local and government law enforcement agencies across the country for nearly a decade.

For those who go into harms way in order to keep us safe, it is essential that they have the equipment that enables them to reliably and accurately deliver hits when the shot counts.

The Skimmer and Guardian duty/carry trigger systems are both manufactured with 100% Glock OEM parts that are refined and polished for the smoothest operation possible and include Glock OEM springs for reliability.

While the Guardian Trigger System has the same travel as the factory trigger and is perfect for law enforcement applications where SOP’s dictate that there cannot be any reduction in trigger travel, The Skimmer features a non-adjustable pre-travel reduction modification that eliminates nearly half of the take-up experienced at the beginning of the trigger pull.

Our unique pre-travel modification featured on the Skimmer trigger system reduces pre-shot muzzle movement allowing the operator to have greater control and enhanced accuracy.

Many of our customers have reported instant improvements in their accuracy after installing our trigger systems, giving them the confidence that they are able to effectively use their Glock handgun responding to the threat with the speed and precision needed in a critical situation.

The Skimmer and Guardian trigger systems include a polished Glock OEM ‘minus’ connector installed for a crisp, clean break and reduction in trigger weight. Both models are also available with the option of a 5.5# ‘standard’ connector if the factory weight trigger pull is desired.

When the shot counts you can rely on the consistency, reliability, and increase in accuracy offered by The Skimmer and Guardian duty/carry trigger systems.