Ricky Bobby on the Trigger

How to shoot faster (With Mojo)

MilSpecMojo broke the gunternet about a month ago when he and Mike (GarandThumb) posted a pistol video of him warping space time and making a magazine work in the wrong firearm.

But the topic today, among the other shenanigans, is Mojo is a crazy fast shooter. He’s sharing those “How to” secrets with the world!

The secret:

There is no secret.

It’s the same economy of motion stuff that most of us do not spend enough time on. Work the trigger and control the gun.

One of the biggest learning hurdles that shooters have to face is something I am starting to call “tiered unlearning”, where a technique that got you to your current level must now be disregarded to get to the next. For the RPG playing crowd, this is respecing your skills because you have more points to work with. Unfortunately “respecing” in real life requires as much practice as learning it originally did, not just hitting a reset button.

The trigger press, especially on a rifle, is a perfect example. We teach new shooters to pin the trigger rearward. This is helpful to them, it was helpful to me and still is, most of them are shooting slow fire strings and/or shooting at a challenging distance. We teach this to help them keep the rifle still, to pay attention to the shot and sight picture. We do this to limit the motion transfer and help them focus on the task(s) at hand. Single, well aimed, individual shots.

But when its time to unlock the inner Ricky Bobby, we have ingrained a speed bump. My pistol shooting especially is much slower because I am used to pinning the trigger and it is a hard habit to break. Recognizing and shoring up that I have the foundational control and fundamentals to keep the firearm still and where I want it to remain means that, where prior it had been a stability benefit, it is now doing nothing for me.

It is now interfering with the economy of motion. The unconscious pinning of the trigger until I get my next sight picture is wasting time, my trigger release and my flinch of years past are no longer moving the gun so my remedy of pinning the trigger no longer works in my favor.

And… we don’t do it when we try and shoot fast anyway. Nobody is pinning the trigger in a dirt flinging mag dump. The key is teaching ourselves to do so effectively and retain the accuracy and recoil controls. We can work our brains up to pay attention, but the key is working up the right habits.

Now lets go fast, Ricky Bobby!

Watch and learn.

Keith Finch
Keith is the Editor-in-Chief of GAT Marketing Agency, Inc. editor@gatdaily.com A USMC Infantry Veteran and Small Arms and Artillery Technician, Keith covers the evolving training and technology from across the shooting industry. A Certified Instructor since 2009, he has taught concealed weapons courses in the West Michigan area in the years since and continues to pursue training and teaching opportunities as they arise.