THE SCHUETZEN LEVER
The Schuetzen lever is made in many styles with almost as many variations as there are individual marksmen. The author has designed one which he has found more satisfactory than anything at present furnished by the factories. The object of this lever is to place the fingers in such position that the forefinger will exert its pressure directly to the rear without any strain or tendency to press upward toward the thumb. Each finger has its own grooved rest in which it simply lies in a natural bend without any forced contraction or grip, which might involuntarily extend to the pulling finger, causing a premature let-off. When the fingers grip the stock, as in an ordinary rifle, it is almost impossible to manipulate the sensitive double trigger without an occasional accidental pull.
The spur lever is better than a pistol grip, but the middle finger which curves around it has a natural tendency to contract further until the tip of the finger rests on something; nothing is there to afford this rest and the consequent strain is communicated to the pulling finger. The whole idea of the "block lever" with finger grooves is to have the hand in a rest so natural and secure that the forefinger can lie against the most sensitive trigger without the marksman having a particle of fear of an involuntary pull, yet the finger will respond instantly to the will of the marksman.
Since half of off-hand shooting lies in correct trigger pulling, it follows that every contributing feature, including the triggers themselves, must be studied carefully. It is a universal complaint among riflemen that while they can hold well enough they cannot let-off. If a man could discharge his weapon by will power alone, our present rifle records would be discounted in a jiffy.
Fairly good double set triggers are furnished by the factories, but an expert gunsmith who makes a specialty of that sort of thing can improve them greatly. They should be adjusted to a very light pull, the greater the skill of the marksman the more delicate trigger he can handle. However, the trigger must never be so sensitive that it cannot be touched at all without yielding. I have seen more than one novice afraid of his trigger, making a little dab at it when ready to fireŚneedless to say he couldn't shoot. The finest double set triggers that I have ever seen were those made by William Bauer of the Central Sharpshooters' Association, St. Louis. No movement was perceptible to the eye when these triggers yielded to pressure.
Askins, Charles. Rifles and Rifle Shooting. New York: Outing, 1912. Print.
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