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Wilson Combat Training Tip: Double-Action Single-Action Transition

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In this episode of Vickers Tactical, Larry demonstrates a practical pistol training tip. This Wilson Combat exclusive talks about the double-action to single-action transition in shooting. You need to understand that you’re going to one end of the trigger spectrum all the way to the other end. You have to change your mindset between the two shots.

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There are two keywords when doing this transition: roll and press. For the double-action trigger pull, think roll i.e. rolling the trigger back. When shooting single-action, think press i.e. putting pressure on the trigger. This means that you come up on target, roll straight to the rear, reset, and press.

Remember that double-action is the most difficult kind of shooting and single-action is the easiest. To give you a frame of reference, a gun like a Gloc or a Smith & Wesson M&P is right in the middle, halfway between double-action and single-action. The key is that the trigger is the same every time you pull it.

You can also think of the double-action like swinging a baseball bat or a golf club. If you try to swing it too slow or too fast, it doesn’t work. You need to find a nice smooth rhythm and roll the trigger back. Once you come off of that, you’ve got to come back into position in order to fire a single-action.

As practice, try it three yards, three shots, in a three-inch circle. When you can do that, cut the circle in half. Make it an inch and a half at three yards. When you can do that, put your cellphone on a time standard. When you can do that, back it up to five yards. Try five yards in five inches. Same thing, put yourself in time standard. Cut the group in half. Make it challenging, but also find a way to shoot nice tight groups of double-action to single-action.

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