Trigger Follow Through - What and Why

Everyone talks about follow-through like it sounds like a broken record!

Follow-Through is the continuation of doing after the shot release, what you were endeavouring to do before the shot. Somewhere from start to end the pistol goes bang or Pfft as in air pistol. But the common thing is that no matter what pistol, all shots need to have follow through. Like standing and hold motionless after the shot release.

Even revolvers with double action such as Service/wa1500 etc need to have some of follow-through. Some shooters lack follow-through on the trigger in such a way that as soon as the pistol goes bang, within a milli second the finger is released from the trigger. OK, you say in multiples in Service you cannot
follow-through on trigger. But you can. I didn't say how long the follow-through had to be. Continue to press the trigger even after the shot has been released. Pressing into "overload" is what is generally spoken about. If the weight of the trigger is 500grams to fire the shot, keep pressing through past that weight. Revolvers with single action need to pressed into the trigger stop, then release the trigger finger but do it at the same speed as the press to eliminate a jerky trigger release.

In most ISSF events it is important to
follow-through on the trigger in such events as air and free due to the longer barrels or slow velocities they may have. For training days, I urge shooters to "extend" the follow-through time on sighting and trigger to overcome any delay in when the shot has gone and when they think it has gone. I also ask them to do this in a match during sighters so that they are really seeing sights through the shot and extending their follow-through time. Once the match is underway, after a few shots the follow-through time tends to come back to normal time and they are able to get into the match as per normal shooting technique.

Here is a video of trigger follow through as I have explained. The continuation after the shot release is the important aspect.

Click here to see a video of trigger follow-through. Note the time from shot release to pistol returning to bench. Follow-through is also the continuation of seeing sights through the shot.