Speed Advantage

We all stand on the shoulders of the great shooting masters of the past, some of whom discovered when the time does come to fire instantly, the finger must be able to get to the trigger swiftly. Fingers hanging up on triggerguards — especially likely with long fingers and short guards — were why Col. Charles Askins, Jr. cut away the front of the triggerguards on his revolvers (as did J.H. Fitzgerald before him) and why so many such mutilated handguns are on display at the Texas Ranger Museum from days past. It’s why the great Bill Jordan cut a half moon out of the front of the trigger guards of his revolvers.

The tip of the flexed trigger finger — being directly above the triggerguard — allows it to simply slide down and effortlessly find the trigger instantly when the time to shoot does come.

Tactile indexing points for a right-handed shooter would be behind the protruding stud on the slide-stop lever of a 1911 or Browning Hi-Power, the takedown lever niche on a GLOCK, the sideplate screw of an S&W revolver, etc.