What is indexing?

Indexing is the term used to describe holding your trigger index finger straight along the slide of your handgun.   The primary purpose is to ensure your finger is outside of the trigger guard, keeping your finger safely away from pressing the trigger before you are ready to fire.

There is however a secondary benefit.   Your finger, brain and eyes all work together.   When you look at an object, such as a target,  it is very easy for you to point your finger at the object to which your eyes are focused.  In other words, you don’t have to give any conscious thought to point your finger at something your eyes are viewing.   If your trigger finger is indexed along the slide of your handgun and you point at the target your eyes are viewing,  your brain and finger will get you close to being on target.   This concept is often referred to as “point shooting.”

While point shooting is not a substitute for proper site alignment and site picture, taking advantage of the connection between your eyes and finger can help you get on target faster.

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