Reach is the distance between the shotgun stock grip and the trigger blade. Since women generally have smaller hands than men, an off-the-shelf, standard shotgun with factory reach specifications can pose a problem if that measurement is too long for you. That’s why it’s important to look for an adjustable trigger blade on a shotgun. By simply loosening a screw, the trigger blade can move back about ⅛th of an inch or more, making just enough difference to properly execute a shot. Also, if you’re flinching, check the trigger reach on your shotgun. If that’s the problem it’s an easy fix.
Deborah McKown is the Editor of Shotgun Life, an NSCA Level I instructor and an NRA Certified Shotgun Instructor. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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