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Discussion Starter · #1 ·
ok so on my xd my finger is on the middle of the first pad of my finger but on my ar its on the middle of the second pad. is this normal? i could use my first one but it is awkward
 
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Discussion Starter · #5 ·
first pad, ALWAYS

While that works for you (and many others), finding a spot on your finger where you can pull the trigger back cleanly and consistently each time is what is important. Everyone has different sized hands, and thus there is no perfect spot for everyone. I can't hold my first pad on the trigger for too long because it hurts my forearm, and I tend to push the trigger to the left. But with it on the crease between first and second pad, or on the second pad, I can pull the trigger all day long without pushing it or pulling it to either side.
 
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Discussion Starter · #6 ·
with AR15's I also go with the first pad. Same with all my handguns.

with my .308's I go 2nd.. because I tend to sometimes pull these rifle with the first pad. With a 2nd pad I am more consistent.
 
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Discussion Starter · #7 ·
While that works for you (and many others), finding a spot on your finger where you can pull the trigger back cleanly and consistently each time is what is important. Everyone has different sized hands, and thus there is no perfect spot for everyone. I can't hold my first pad on the trigger for too long because it hurts my forearm, and I tend to push the trigger to the left. But with it on the crease between first and second pad, or on the second pad, I can pull the trigger all day long without pushing it or pulling it to either side.
the question was...
ar-15 where does your trigger finger rest?
 
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Discussion Starter · #9 ·
When I am not engaging targets I keep it on the mag-release....


Anyway. where you engage the trigger is what I really think the OP wants to know and to that I have to say....

It depends on the type of trigger.

If it is a heavy or crappy trigger(Mil-spec/6lbs+), I use my whole finger in the trigger guard with my second knuckle pressing the trigger to the rear. That part of your finger is much better at taking the weigh of the trigger than that first pad.

For the lighter "match" style triggers I use the first pad of my finger like I shoot my pistols with.
 
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Discussion Starter · #12 ·
Why not? I ain't gonna press it. I train enough to know I am not going to drop a mag. I also know I can't bend my finger any farther than that.
You may not, I may not, experienced AR shooters may not. But there seems to be alot of newbs here to the AR and I'd rather not advocate it as a good spot to rest your finger on. :D
 
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Discussion Starter · #14 ·
I think Mike is my long lost brother or something... I will not advocate bad practice with anyone, new or experienced shooters.

Again for positioning. Activate the trigger using the same portion of your finger every time. If it proves difficult, practice..... dry firing will do wonders here. Develop the muscle memory for these tasks and carry them over for all of you're weapons. Same goes with grip, shouldering rifles, sighting etc.. etc..
 
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Discussion Starter · #16 ·
If you cant position your finger correctly change grips untill you find one that alows it. I am quite fond of the Samco G27 but have had the Ergo on others and they work well too. The MIAAD from Magpull is adjustable to fit your hand but is expensive. The Tango Down Battle grip also looks good but is pricey, others like the Hogue and Pachmayer seem to have their followers also. Check them out 1 will work for you.
 
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Discussion Starter · #17 ·
When I am not engaging targets I keep it on the mag-release....


Anyway. where you engage the trigger is what I really think the OP wants to know and to that I have to say....

It depends on the type of trigger.

If it is a heavy or crappy trigger(Mil-spec/6lbs+), I use my whole finger in the trigger guard with my second knuckle pressing the trigger to the rear. That part of your finger is much better at taking the weigh of the trigger than that first pad.

For the lighter "match" style triggers I use the first pad of my finger like I shoot my pistols with.
ok this makes alot of sence since my ar has a very hard single stage i use the second pad i have tried to use the first one but dont have very good results but maybe when i my RRA 2 stage gets in i will use the first one which i know is preferable i just tend to push the gun when useing the first pad because of the excessive pull weight
 
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Discussion Starter · #18 ·
and I'll still say...keep your "at rest" finger off the mag release ;) keep it straight ahead on the magwell.
 
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Discussion Starter · #19 ·
I was paying attention to where I put my finger both on the trigger and when at rest. I noticed 2 things when at rest. Gloved, my finger tends to rest below the mag release, without gloves it rest above, almost resting on the protrusion of the button. Thought that a bit odd, but it was consistent.

I still don't agree with TKOL on finger placement on the actual trigger. 1st pad of the finger always, it isn't like the AR trigger is that bad and if you have issue with it there are several cheap and easy ways to lighten it a bit.
 
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Discussion Starter · #20 ·
Why not? I ain't gonna press it. I train enough to know I am not going to drop a mag. I also know I can't bend my finger any farther than that.
All it takes is one slip up when **** really matters. Why take a chance? Your reasoning doesn't really make much sense. It's like saying, "I ain't gonna accidently pull the trigger. I train enough to know I am not going to accidently pull the trigger."

As far as the original question goes, all I use is "just the tip" of my finger. It is how I was taught, and what I get best results with. Using just the tip is the most commonly taught shooting technique, and in many circles, the only accepted shooting technique.

Trigger squeeze is one of the most important factors in marksmanship. A smooth, even, and steady squeeze is critical.
 
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