Yesterday I was reading about a device known as the Trigger Trainer. I wasn’t all that surprised when I saw it, as trigger-finger strength training is part of my daily routine. I know…I’m a geek.

Did you know that practicing a controlled trigger pull can actually improve your speed and accuracy? That’s enough reason for me to make it a usual activity. And if that isn’t enough motivation: the NRA claims that trigger control is the most important shooting fundamental. This is why I’ve decided to dedicate an entire post to trigger training.

Trigger Trainer

Trigger Trainer Accessory Kit (3lb , 6lb, & 9lb)









This Trigger Trainer sells for $55 ( $45 for a limited time). The accessory package, containing different weight springs sells for another $10. This puts you at about $55-$65 before shipping.  While the Trigger Trainer looks like a pretty useful tool, I haven’t used it so I can’t say anything as to its quality or effectiveness. What I can say is that practicing your trigger pull is a very helpful trick.

One option is to use Gripmaster Hand Exerciser. By squeezing this device between your palm and fingers evenly, you can build a stronger grip and a more controlled trigger pull.  While squeezing the Gripmaster, squeeze the top finger pad in towards your palm using the center of your trigger finger print. The spring underneath the top finger pad should coil straight back and not at an angle as you do this.  This exercise helps develop a stronger trigger finger and improves your trigger pull. The light tension Gripmaster Hand Exerciser (5 lbs per finger) goes for $9.58 on Amazon. You can buy Gripmasters with heavier tension as well. I strongly suggest this exercise for helping weaker women develop the strength in the correct muscles to grip their guns and control those heavy double action triggers. I just do it so I can show off a buff, ripped and sexy trigger finger (yes, I just went there).

Gripmaster light tension (5lbs per finger)

There is also a simple exercise you can do while relaxing in your lazy boy and watching TV.  It was taught to me by one of the NRA Counselors (the instructors of NRA instructors) in my area and has proven pretty helpful with trigger control. When you want to change the channel or turn up the volume, point the remote at the appropriate receiver and holding it perfectly still and flat, push the necessary buttons. The remote should remain perfectly flat and still during this process. The best part about this exercise is it is virtually free (other than the cost of the lazy boy, big screen TV, sound system, cable bill,DVR, and remote control).

The great part about these three trigger finger exercises is that you can do them without ever touching a firearm. The Trigger Trainer and the Gripmaster can be used at work, while taking a walk, or in your pocket to keep from nodding off during Sunday morning church service.

It is important to remember that whichever exercise method you choose, you should still get plenty of time with the real trigger. Live fire trigger training is unbeatable, but dry firing is the second best option. So be sure to put down the Trigger Trainer, or the remote once in a while and pick up your real weapons.

See also: Julie Gloloski Golob’s pro tip for trigger control.