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The "Vermont Technique"

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Interesting piece written on the Vermont Technique in the Smith&Wesson Academy Training Newsletter Issue 34.

For those not familar with the above, this procedure uses the 2nd finger on the shooting hand to pull the trigger. Supposed to be magic aiming with index finger along slide of semi auto, and give better control on small handguns because the super strong little finger is now on the frame of gun.

The technique does not address the issue of finger off trigger until sights on target and decision made to shoot. Nor does it address the issue of retraining and reaction under stress.

Any LEO or trainer can get a copy of the above newsletter by calling Smith&Wesson Academy. GLV
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To understand why this isn't a good idea, just firmly grasp your weak side forearm with your strong hand. Then try to wiggle your middle finger rapidly. Now try wiggling your trigger finger. Which is easier? The human hand is built to allow the trigger finger to move while applying pressure with the rest of the hand. Physiology is tough to beat. It's a solution to a problem that doesn't exist.
I thought it was a good article. In particular, it points out the major safety problem with the "vermont technique" -- where do you put your trigger finger when it isn't on the trigger? We all know that when startled, you tend to clench your fists. When using the normal grip, when your finger is not on the trigger, it is on the side of the frame. So if you are startled, you won't pull the trigger accidentally. But with the Vermont technique, you can't put your trigger finger on the frame, because your index finger is already there.

One issue that they didn't address is that the Vermont Technique reduces the strength of your grip on the gun, thus reducing your ability to the retain the gun in the event of a gun grab.

Oh, and just to be clear, the S&W article is strongly against the Vermont Technique, sighting the safety concern described above.


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That's kind of funny. I was born in VT, and have at least based myself here for most of my life, and I have NEVER seen anyone use that "technique". I probably would laughed myself to stained pants to see that one...
Feels awkward; but what the heck, next time I go to the range, I'll give it a try.
This techinique (if you can call it that) has been around a long time. It does not work is why it isn't popular. It ranks right up there with holding the pistol sideways like a gangster on TV.

Ther was an old western movie from the 60's that had the star goodguy showing this method to his pupil like it was a "secret" gunfighters trick. I think the actor was John Ford.
The person who promotes this technique just recently posted to another forum that he thought the "gangsta" technique had some merit to it as a shooting technique. He also admitted that he didn't shoot very much, so I wonder how he validates his hypotheses.

My theory is that he is an agent provocateur from some organization which is trying to undermine the shooting skills of private citizens and LEOs in this country.
The only place I have seen this technique being used effectively is on a paintball gun. Anyone crazy enough to try this in a "combat" situation is asking for trouble. The only reason it works is that paintball guns, or "markers" as the PC types refer to them, have virtually no recoil and are easy to use in the above-mentioned way. I know this because I used to play paintball and am guilty of using this same technique while on the field. Of course, I always get nailed, but I think that has to do more with my size (6'4" and 350+, not really easy to hide behind a bush or a 4x4 stuck into the ground
) than anything else.

Bottom line. Your index finger is called the "trigger finger" for a reason.

The middle finger is known as the "up-yours" finger for an entirely different reason


"The price of freedom is eternal vigilence"
-Thomas Jefferson

"I'd rather take matters into my own hands if, say, someone were to break into my home, steal my possessions, violate and possibly murder my wife, and try to end my life as well."

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I think it was made popular in the arcades while "hosing" vampires and goons...Your trigger finger gets tired with unlimited ammo and no reloads necessary...


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Well, that's true too, arcades are murder on your trigger finger. I should know, I've blown many a roll of quarters at the local arcade


"The price of freedom is eternal vigilance"
-Thomas Jefferson

"I'd rather take matters into my own hands if someone were to break into my home, steal my possessions, violate and possibly murder my wife, and try to end my life as well. In short, don't enter my house unannounced. You might leave on a stretcher."
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I heard the Vermont Technique was to hit the bad guy upside the head with your 1/2 gallon of Ben & Jerry's, step sideways, and draw your gat.

The hard part is keeping the ice cream frozen as you roam the city between March and November... esp you AZ shooters.

The person formerly known as Covert Mission.
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