Trigger discipline

Theory of mind, or mental state reasoning, may be particularly useful for making sense of unexpected events…also referred to as “TOM”

People are remarkable at making sense of the unpredictable world around them. Often, this requires reasoning about the hidden, internal causes behind observable behavior, such as a person’s beliefs, goals and intentions. Notably, extensive prior work has shown that reasoning about these mental states, known as theory of mind (ToM), reliably recruits a particular network of brain regions including right and left temporoparietal junction (RTPJ, LTPJ), precuneus (PC) and dorsomedial prefrontal cortex (DMPFC; Fletcher et al. , 1995 ; Saxe and Kanwisher, 2003 ; Gobbini et al. , 2007 ).

If one gets in a real fight, you often get tunnel vision and gross motor skills can/will take over. You take a punch or get blindsided in such a fight and you might find that some reflex actions cannot be controled. Also, your training will take over to a degree. The learning law of primacy is important. That which is learned first is hard to ignore. Be it in the Army or civilian courses, indexing the trigger was not negotiable. The time it takes to move to the trigger is worth more than the risk of pulling off an errant round.


you may be right

You’re responsible for where that errant round lands.

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Correct…i retract for i have misspoke…or shall i say mis-typed

Responsibly armed citizen?

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I strive to be through training

Our military trains with the best practices, as @James mentioned:

and they still have casualties from friendly fire.

Please remember, comments like these can be used against you in court if you ever have to legally defend your physical self-defense actions. Your comments can be used to say that you have little regard for life other than your family and your own.


@Dawn thanks for the advice, i was already thinking i should clarify. I sometimes tend to speak from a tactical state of mind which can be easily taken out of context, especially when applied to normal every day life

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In 12 years of Army service, 11B, 3 combat tours, we never trained with our finger on the trigger, unless we engaged the target. Too much to go wrong, such as friendly fire (shooting the soldier in front of you during CQB-MOUT engagements).


Got it!..Army doesn’t train that way…thanks for the input

My finger is NEVER on the trigger until I’ve identified my target, seen what’s behind it and have decided to fire, ONLY then does my finger go in the trigger!


Agreed @Patrick47
Same here. However, and I think you would agree, that it is just not an Army thing. I have flown Seals, Rangers, Marine Force Recon, and some guys that may or may not have been Delta. All of them indexed their trigger finger. Just my observation to concur with yours downrange.
I think we would agree with this statement too: There is also absolutly nothing “tactical” about letting of a round without intending to. Even if you dont shoot your buddy, you just let anybody within a several mile radius know that you are there. Or in our case, the home invader in your living room.
Thank you for your brave service Soldier. No tougher job than the Infantry.


Not quite sure if anyone here suggested

…but thanks for the input

You wrote earlier:

“I’d rather let off an “errant round” then get shot in that brief moment it takes to place my finger correctly on the trigger…that’s just me though”

Just trying to help. I will get off it now.

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…this raises a new question for me…i think i will start it’s own thread though, as i feel many will have much to say

Since I dont carry a weapon with a safety I’ll pull my finger off the trigger not intending to fire or when moving unless of course I am shooting while moving

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because “i’d rather” …i meant if faced with the choice of lesser evils…I am definitely not suggesting someone do that, nor am i suggesting it is tactical

I will leave you alone sir. Just be careful please.