The Trigger Trainer, developed by Full Scale Tactics, is a training and conditioning device that emulates pulling a trigger. It’s like a pistol receiver, no slide assembly nor barrel, just a grip and a trigger.
Practicing your trigger skills can be done on the cheap with dry-firing. Many people use snap caps with their guns to protect the firing pins from undue wear. But dry fire practice is a little different with handguns that use recoil to cock a hammer or striker. Those guns have to be manually armed after each pull of the trigger.
And while the Trigger Trainer doesn’t appear to replicate any handgun in particular, its purpose-built design means focusing just on, believe it or not, trigger training. Because the Trigger Trainer doesn’t really look like a gun, you can practice with it pretty much everywhere, which is one of its major selling points.
The Trigger Trainer comes with a 6 pound trigger, but a spring kit with 3, 6 and 9 pound spring assemblies can be purchased for $10. The Trigger Trainer itself runs $45, and comes with a 30-day money back guarantee.
Like a lot of exercise equipment, some people will swear by this—and there are many glowing testimonials on the Trigger Trainer website—and other people will just walk on by. We also suspect that this is going to be popular as a gift for the shooter who’s got everything. Well, everything except finger strength, speed and dexterity.
Trigger control is one of, if not the most important skill in shooting. Anything that helps shooters pull that trigger straight back and steady is going to improve their performance at the range. On their website they have instructions on how to give your fingers a workout, if you needed specific direction on how to use the Trigger Trainer.
The Trigger Trainer is 5 inches tall, 4.5 inches long, and 1.5 inches wide. It weighs 1.25 pounds.
In the end, the Trigger Trainer is just a box with a spring-tensioned trigger. At almost fifty dollars, would you pick up a Trigger Trainer for yourself? Or do you think that the money is better spent on some snap caps and some tiny free weights?