90 deg trigger finger, but angled down. Problem?


Blind Squirrel
Jan 31, 2018
South Texas

I have smaller hands and short fingers. So regardless of the chassis, I find myself looking for a grip which allows me to get a 90 deg trigger press.

The jae chassis is the most comfortable for me overall, but with the steel angled grip, it can be challenging to get a 90 deg trigger finger.

After messing around with a ton of grips, when I choke up into the undercut behind the trigger guard, I can get a 90 degree pull.

However, the knuckle of my trigger finger is now pointing “down” from the centerline of the rifle.

Is this a problem, as in, will it influence the rifle?

Here is a pic. The red line that I circled in white is my concern. If you look at the black centerline of the rifle, my knuckle pointing into about 4-5 o’clock position. My trigger finger is bent at a 90z

Would this angle be enough to influence the rifle vertically as it’s being pulled back and possibly up?




Primer Poker
Mar 4, 2017
Northern VA
The best way to see if this is even an issue worth worrying about is dry fire practice. Get a DST precision DFAT and a few feet of space with dots marked on the wall across from you and experiment with how different trigger pulls move the rifle. Everyone's body mechanics are different, the question isnt really if this will influence the rifle, its if this will influence the rifle for you. If you can consistently place your hand and finger on the trigger in this position with a natural feel, it will be just fine.

I find with shooting folks often focus too much on a right or wrong way, rather than a way that works for them.


Sergeant of the Hide
Nov 17, 2011
go shoot with it and see....

honestly everyones body mechanics are different.....and ive seen world class shooters shoot with "technically" poor form.

try it out, and if it works for you....keep at it.....if not, try something else.

as a shooter you will constantly tweaking your technique....so i wouldnt get to hung up over small details that might be nothing
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Sergeant of the Hide
Nov 27, 2017

You can always build your grip closer to trigger with plumbers putty or similar mixtures.
From pic it looks like if you built the grip to be more straight...it would push that trigger finger up to be at better angle for you.

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The Admiral of Guns
Aug 7, 2014
Gillette, WY
I would try ditching pulling with the crook of the finger or joint and use the tip or pad of the finger. I run light enough triggers, my pull is more forcing the trigger sideways to the left.