Long Trigger Pull

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With the introduction of the pocket pistols that have come out in the last five years or so (.380 and .9mm), most of these little guns have some long trigger pulls. Some are longer than others. I thought I’d delve into why the manufacturers did this and what the results are.


My Taurus TCP for example has a pretty long pull before it fires. The back of the trigger almost arrives at the front of the handle before it breaks. I actually thought it was malfunctioning the first time I pulled the trigger, but then it went off.

You’ll see this in other guns like the ruger LCP and LC9, The Kel-Tec P-3AT, and the Smith & Wesson Bodyguard.

The Method Behind the Madness

I think the overall reason behind these long pulls has to be safety. Small pocket guns were designed specifically for concealed carry. It makes some sense to put a little distance between you and an accidental discharge while drawing your weapon. Remember, most of these little guns don’t have external safeties.

Most of us civilians are going to have a little less training than the average LEO out there. That means there may be a bigger chance of poor trigger discipline (both during the draw and during gun handling).

I’m also guessing that even though it’s against the law in my state, there are some who will choose to carry these smaller guns sans holster. I don’t recommend this practice, but it necessitates the need for the longer trigger pull so there are no accidents.


It takes some getting used to. Without enough practice and training, The long trigger pull may mean the difference between hitting the target and missing.

I mentioned in a prior post how I needed some help figuring out the mechanics and trigger pull on my pocket pistol.

Another con would be that it takes a fraction of a second longer to get the desired result. This is probably not going to affect shooters in an emergency, but it must be taken into account.

My Opinion

Overall, I think the long trigger pull is a good idea. It gives the average gun totin’ citizen confidence and reassurance that they’re not going to shoot something they don’t intend to.

I’m not going to be using a gun like this to clear the house. I’m not going to use a gun with a long trigger pull in a situation where I think I have to get off a lot of rounds quickly.

I’m going to be using a gun that has a long trigger pull in the concealed carry role. More than likely it’s going to be hidden on my body as I head to the local grocery store. I’m good with a little more safety in that area.


What do you think of pistols with the deep trigger pull?


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