Whether you’ve owned a CCW (concealed carry weapon) for a while, or maybe even if you’re pretty new to the game, you may have heard the term “trigger reset” used in a number of ways. But no matter how the term is used, you have realized that a “shorter” trigger reset is better than a longer one. So, what exactly does that mean?
Any semi-automatic pistol you buy will have a system that decouples the trigger from the firing mechanism after the shot is fired. The trigger actually disconnects from the sear for an instant before you can fire off the next shot. The time that it takes for this to occur is the “trigger reset” interval, and you’ll know when this has ended because you’ll feel a click in the trigger, alerting you to the fact that the gun is ready to be fired again.
As Tamara Keel points out in her article, “Ready, Set, Go!” on USConcealedCarry.com, trigger reset is considered to be important,
“… because with most pistols, you don’t need to let the trigger run all the way forward to cause the mechanism to reset.” (Read more about CCW trigger reset here.)
Of course, as Keel points out, this can be both good and bad.
On one hand, it’s great because you don’t have to wait as long to squeeze off follow-up shots. And on the other, if you try to squeeze again before the exact moment when the trigger is ready, your gun won’t fire. This is called “trigger freeze,” and the best way to avoid it is to wait for that click you feel after shots are fired.
You can dry fire practice with your CCW and in time, you may be able to run the trigger reset. This means you’ll instinctively know when the trigger is ready. It will take a lot of practice, but if you want to be quick, running the trigger reset is one way to do it.
Keel recommends, “For best results, try to teach yourself to let the trigger out plenty far enough to reset, without actually lifting your finger off the trigger.”
If you can do that, it will mean the difference between firing off a second shot, if needed, and standing there wondering why nothing happened.