Trigger control is a very important component in the sequence of shooting for the sniper rifle. This is a five part series; make sure you understand the first 3 parts of the Sequence of Shooting with optics before you continue on with Part 4, Trigger Control.
Assuming your D.O.P.E (Data On Personal Equipment) is correct and your wind calls are accurate, most misses can be attributed to poor trigger control. Although trigger control is very important with any weapon platform, it has greater relevance when shooting at long range. An example of this: A sheet of standard writing paper is .003 thousandths of an inch. Upset the rifles bore axis .003 at the rifle will affect the point of impact .300 thousandths at 100 yards and 3 inches at 1000 yards.
At the moment that the decision has been made to start the trigger press, ideally breathing should be at the empty lung pause of our regular breathing cycle and our ocular focus should be on the cross hairs of the rifle scope. These are discussed in previous installments of the sequence of shooting. Pressure on the trigger should be ever increasing until the trigger breaks smoothly without weapon upset. Rifle set-up should allow the trigger finger to apply pressure centered on the trigger with the middle of the pad of skin covering the distal phalanges of the index finger. The trigger should be held to the rear disengaged position momentarily after firing. This is much like the top of a golf swing after hitting a golf ball.
This brings you to the beginning of Follow Through, discussed in a Part 5 segment.
A video presentation of this segment is available at ATAC TV. Watch the video with Lenny and Tom to pick up fine details of this incredibly important part of the Sequence of Shooting with optics.
Watch the How to Video on ATAC TV Here: Sequence Of Shooting Part 4 of 5 Trigger Control