Flat trigger vs curved trigger - do they matter at all?
This guide goes over the subtle things about each trigger bow design that can significantly affect your shooting performance once you understand them. Please note that regardless of what trigger bow shape is, ultimately it's personal preference.
Flat Trigger Bow
It's like the door hinge concept. It's harder to push a door open closer to the hinge than further out.
Enhanced leverage: The flat trigger bow allows you to slide your finger farther down, closer to the end of the trigger. It's almost like applying slightly more torque when the finger tip is at the end of the trigger bow bar.
- This positioning provides increased leverage, resulting in a lighter feeling trigger pull.
- Flat trigger forces the trigger finger not wrap around the trigger bow too deep (Typically with curved trigger bow)
- The additional leverage can be beneficial for making accurate shots, particularly when precision is crucial.
- Works for both single stage and two stage trigger systems
Clear trigger reference point: With a flat trigger, there is usually a slight bump on the end, serving as a reference point for your finger placement.
This feature allows you to have a consistent grip and a reliable sense of where the end of the trigger is located, facilitating more consistent shooting.
Note: This doesn't mean the shooter with no experience will suddenly improve when using a flat face trigger. Experienced shooter who prefer curved trigger bow can shoot just as well as what flat trigger bow is designed to do.
Trigger finger is only a small part of the overall shooting mechanics. The grip placement, shoulder muscle, hand muscles tension, support hand placement and posture can all affect the shot.
Curved Trigger Bow
Comfortable finger placement: Some shooters prefer the ergonomics of a curved trigger bow. The curve naturally accommodates the shape of the finger, allowing for a comfortable and secure placement.
This can be advantageous when shooting for extended periods or with gloves.
Versatility for different finger positions: With a curved trigger bow, shooters have the flexibility to place their finger at different positions along the curve, depending on personal preference or shooting technique.
It works for both single stage and two stage trigger systems.
This adaptability can provide a customized feel and may suit individual preferences.