b. Trigger Finger Placement. Correct trigger finger placement allows the trigger to be pulled straight to the rear without disturbing sight alignment. The trigger finger should contact the trigger naturally. The trigger finger should not contact the rifle receiver or trigger guard.
c. Types of Trigger Control. There are two techniques of trigger control: uninterrupted and interrupted.
(1) Uninterrupted Trigger Control. The preferred method of trigger control in a combat environment is uninterrupted trigger control. After obtaining sight picture, the Marine applies smooth, continuous pressure rearward on the trigger until the shot is fired.
(2) Interrupted Trigger Control. Interrupted trigger control is used in extremely windy conditions when the weapon will not settle, forcing the Marine to pause until the sights return to his aiming point. To perform interrupted trigger control:
• Move the trigger to the rear until an error is detected in the aiming process.
• When this occurs, stop the rearward motion on the trigger but maintain the pressure on the trigger until sight picture is achieved.
1 • When the sight picture settles, continue the rearward motion on the trigger until the shot is
3 d. Resetting the Trigger. During recovery, release the pressure on the trigger slightly to reset
4 the trigger after the first shot is delivered (indicated by an audible click). Do not remove the finger
5 from the trigger. This places the trigger in position to fire the next shot without having to
6 reestablish trigger finger placement.
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