A release fixed my flinch, too, but was was never reluctant to go to a release.
In my case, without a release, I tended to flinch with a mounted gun.
I thought release triggers had an advantage in that when I called for the bird, I just followed it with my bead and when I was ready to shoot, just sort of pointed my finger at the target. In my case, my average ultimately improved substantially.
Other than having an initial trigger flinch with my hunting rifles (went away) I have no problem switching back and forth.
I disagree with most. Many shooters take every advantage they can get, ie; color glasses suited for conditions, blinders, ball cap, well fitting gun, quality shells and such. A release trigger is another of these advantages, but it is commonly perceived as a crutch because nearly all shooters that go to a release are trying to overcome a flinch. A release does not work for everyone, just as the pull doesn't work for all. Keep an open mind. Steve j
Back in the late seventies I shot on a squad with Hiram Bradley when he was shooting a model 12 with a release. I asked him about it and he had an 1100 release in his car and told me to try it. We went to the practice traps and I shot a 100 targets with him watching. I found I had much better control and was more relaxed with it. I shot a 50 on the last 50 and never took it out again
I do shoot sporting with a pull and have no problems, but I do shoot sporting low gun.
Ive messed around with one just to see if I liked them I dont need one. Whats fun is when a shooter slips on the release and shoots the side walk or the grass in front of you. I have seen the trap house get shot and the release cords get shot I guess you might have to think a little more when you use one.
As most have already said if it ain't broke don't fix it.
But if it is broke (in other words you have a flinch) they are the best things since sliced bread, well for me they were.
As my sign on name suggests I shoot Release Triggers in all my guns, went from Pull-Pull to Pull-Release in 2000 after years of Pull-Pull, in 2010 the yips started with my second barrel, could not pull the trigger.
I was fortunate that it happened at the Iowa State shoot and Phil Crenweldge was working the shoot, only answer left was a Double Release, should have gone directly to it in 2000, Phil has done a number of guns for myself and my best shooting buddy, we both now shoot Double Release and have great fun and reasonable amount of success doing it.
Phil is going to do a Double for my Perazzi this summer at Sparta.
Very much a personal decision, but if you decide a Release is for you then Phil is the man.
PS. Without a Release Trigger I would not be shooting as a flinch became a real problem for me, 3-5 times every 25 targets.
One thing I've learned is know your gun.I marked mine so as to not pick up the wrong gun.Don't depend on pads,recoil devices, etc. to tell gun apart.Had a gun that looked exactly like mine,even the little stick on pad on comb,went to the line,mounted gun,when I went to set release it went off,total surprise and dumb founded.Now my Bt99 has a special tiny decal over the screw on front of fore arm.First thing I look for before picking up gun. That particular day there were a row of BT's setting there with mine,the one I picked up I was sure was mine,pads and everything exactly. Lesson learned,knowing your gun is more than knowing how it shoots.Release was reccommended to me from fella that got me into this sport.I did pick up several targets doing so.
Without the release trigger I would have given up shooting a long time ago. I happened to note that "fast gun" mentioned that it was funny to see a release shooter shoot the sidewalk, the grass in front of him, the cords and the trap house itself. This is not humorous. If someone does this it is nothing more than negligence and carelessness. I set the trigger only when my gun is in the shooting position pointed downrange. If for any reason I need to clear the gun; I simply release the action while the gun is in the shooting position and pointed downrange. How can anyone shoot the trap house, the cords, the sidewalk, the grass, etc. unless they are negligent in the handling of the shotgun? JMHO. Ed
I shoot a double release and have so since I started shooting shotgun. Now I have hit the trap house but only with a pull trigger durning setup with a gun a fellow club member was trying to sell me(just before I call for the bird I set the trigger and it went off). I could say pull triggers are dangerous!! It's interesting the things you hear on this site but muscle memory is hard to overcome. The other day I was shooting a round of skeet and I just could not for the life of me shoot the second shot of doubles with a release/pull gun because I automatically want to set the trigger for the second shot. I have never misfired with my double release guns. Joe
There are many things you can try before going to a release if you are doing so because of a flinch. Talk to some of the all-americans that give classes.another is one of the Writers AVG.ED he may be able to give you some good advice. One thing i have found , It sure makes trading guns a whole lot more expensive.