Learning to safely and accurately maintain trigger control during the act of shooting is one of the most important skills a concealed carry permit holder can develop. It’s not an easy skill to master because the ratio of gun weight to trigger pull weight is much smaller in handguns designed for concealment as opposed to rifles.aiming a gun

Author and firearms expert Tom Givens explains why weapons designed for concealed carry are much harder to fire accurately than rifles in his article “Teaching Trigger Control” at

 “If you have an eight-pound rifle with a two-pound trigger, it’s easy to shoot well. Unfortunately, we often have a two-pound pistol with an eight-pound trigger pull, hence the difficulty.” (Read more at

In a nutshell, there are four distinct trigger operations required each time a gun is fired: contact, slack, press, and re-set. Each one is equally important in maintaining the accuracy of every shot.


 Contact refers to the point of contact with the trigger. This point of contact should only occur with the index finger.

The pad of the index finger should be firmly in contact with the trigger. No other part of the index finger should be touching the frame of the gun.


 Semi-automatic pistols have a free-moving part of the trigger engagement known as the slack.

This happens between the time of the contact and the time when the index finger cannot move freely backward. As the shooter prepares to fire, the index finger moves through the slack and begins to put and feel pressure on the trigger.


 Press is the actual act of firing the gun. The trigger should be fired using the index finger only. Using pressure with the whole hand in order to “squeeze” the trigger results in cumulative downward pressure and a low shot. A smooth backward pressure by the index finger results in a smooth discharge, much like a car slowly accelerating from a complete stop, rather than haphazardly peeling out.


 The re-set is an important action for the ensuing rounds. Although the tendency may be to remove the finger from the trigger after each shot, this is not very efficient and may cost you precious seconds in a life-threatening situation.

The re-set occurs at a point before the trigger returns to the original position and can be felt by the index finger as a click, which may also be heard. The gun can be re-fired from this position.

The sequence is slightly different with double-action revolvers where the trigger must be pulled all the way back to fire and then allowed to return all the way forward in one continuous action so that the cylinder may clear and rotate.

Trigger control is not an easy skill to learn or perfect, but the good news is that it’s a skill that anyone can achieve. The only requirement is time and practice.

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The definition of concealed carry varies from state to state but in general, the law interprets concealed carry to mean “not easily discernible under ordinary observation.” Given those guidelines, it stands to reason that a smaller firearm would be harder to spot than a large caliber pocket cannon.seecamp

Naturally, you would want the most bang for your buck, along with a professional look, excellent craftsmanship, attention to detail and a thorough testing regimen.

It sounds impossible, but there is one handgun manufacturer whose guns fit all the above criteria: L.W. Seecamp Company.

Seecamp produces the stainless steel .32 ACP (LWS32) and .380 ACP (LWS380) pocket pistols. One frame size fits both calibers. The .25 ACP is out of production, but still serviced.

Author and firearms trainer Bruce N. Eimer explains why the Seecamp guns make exceptional concealed carry weapons in his article “L.W. Seecamp: Small Things Come in Small Packages” at

“For discreet day and night concealed carry, size matters. Seecamp’s pistols, in all three calibers, are the same size! At 11.5 ounces empty, the Seecamp pistols are more compact than any other semiautomatic pocket pistol on the market.  They are great pistols to always carry.” (Read more at

The small guns fit comfortably in the palm of your hand, making an easy grip for just about every hand sizes. These diminutive dynamos are not fitted out with sights; rather, they are designed for close “whites of their eyes” self-defense combat engagements.

The Seecamps are double-action designed, fixed barrel, semi-automatic weapons. They have no safeties and depend on a long, heavy trigger-pull instead. Both the LWS32 and LWS380 load six round clips, bringing the total weight of each loaded gun to a mere 13.5 ounces. The guns’ measurements are a concealed carry dream: 4.25 x 3.25 inches and only .725 inches wide.

During range testing, both the LWS380 and LWS32 were very accurate.  Eighteen rounds of Winchester Silvertips fired at 30 feet with the LWS380 all pierced the 8 and 9 rings or the bullseye.  The LWS32 trial with 60 rounds of Speer Gold Dot hollowpoints produced similar results. Recoil on the .380 was significant, but not uncomfortable.  The recoil on the .32 was markedly less and did not affect performance.

Although there are a plethora of holster manufacturers to choose from at any given moment, one company’s products are particularly suited for the Seecamp pistols.  Meco Pocket Holsters of San Antonio, Texas produces high quality, functional holsters designed to keep the Seecamp guns hidden and properly positioned for draw.

The Seecamp LWS380 and LWS32 are among the smallest guns of their kind.  They are designed for close-quarters combat where they are extremely effective. They are also accurate well beyond the face-to-face scenario.  Their combination of small size, power, and accuracy make these little pistols an ideal choice for a primary or backup concealed carry weapon.

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