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Old 06-29-2020, 06:53 PM   #61
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I read that too, years ago, can't remember the reference, the idea was to have a consistent trigger pull when truly on target using a DA/SA pistol, the article I read talked about not so much grounding, but sending a round down range fast and first in a gun fight, before a true sight picture was obtained for more controlled fire in SA mode, assuming the 1st DA shot would be wasted anyway due to the heavier trigger pull, if I remember correctly, again its been a long time
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Old 06-29-2020, 06:59 PM   #62
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Depending on what gun you are using, there may be a definite point in pressing the trigger in DA where slightly more pressure will drop the hammer. That's the case with my Beretta PX4 Storm and my IWI Jericho 941.

So for me, it's a matter of training to press the trigger to that point just before hammer drop and then when on target, pressing further to discharge the gun.

Grounding the first shot? What if you're on concrete, asphalt, cobble stones? Where is that bullet going?

Get on target and press the trigger.
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I believe this was a prevalent idea in competition shooting some years back; get rid of the first double action shot quickly. These days, however, that pretty much means giving away...what, half a second? In a sport where hundredths of a second may decide the stage and/or match, that's a bad idea. In the competition world, you just need to be proficient at staging the trigger so when the sights settle you're pretty much ready to shoot.

One problem with just sending one downrange as quickly as possible, is that it can be even harder to re-focus on actually seeing the sights. You kind of get locked into just point and shoot, whereas an aimed first shot is way better for follow up shots.
I had this problem for years during matches, where I was so pumped up on the first stage that I rarely had the patience to watch the sights and it's really difficult to "slow down" after that so usually the first stage or two were pretty bad.

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I do recall a competitor (Ben Stoeger maybe) telling of how that grounding strategy was offered to him early in his development.

He wasn’t very flattering in his comments about the strategy.
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I discharge the 1st two rounds to make sure Im warmed up in SA too then get on with the business of saving my life. Not really but figured it would fit the thread lol

Man who gives warning shot gets shot with no warning im thinkin.
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