The following screenshot hails from the movie Sicario: Day of the Soldado, where Benicio del Toro's character puts his left index finger on the pistol as he shoots multiple rounds. I know little of pistols, but why didn't he merely pull the trigger with his right hand?

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  • As an actor he’s known for coming up with unusual quirks for his characters. Like the accent/speech impediment for Finster in The Usual Suspects was invented by Del Toro. So my guess is that this is another example. Just something strange to do to make his character more of a character. Contrast with his role in The Way Of The Gun. Sep 8, 2019 at 13:41
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    @ToddWilcox You might want to flesh these thoughts out into an answer.
    – Napoleon Wilson
    Sep 8, 2019 at 16:34
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    Isn't this supposed to be a way to shoot the gun faster than regular?
    – TK-421
    Sep 9, 2019 at 6:38
  • just making new movies moves
    – Juanito
    Jun 3, 2021 at 6:31

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It simply allows him to shoot faster. Moving your finger back and forth within the trigger guard is a quicker movement than pulling and releasing a trigger. Try it out the next time you see "Time Crisis" or something similar at the arcade. I imagine the technique works much better with a "virtual gun" like that than with a real pistol, but then that's the only way I've tried it.

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    Just FYI, this is a foolish thing to do with a real gun. He's holding a beretta m92f in 9mm. Unless you have hundreds of hours of range time the recoil on a single shot will make that grip stance unstable. If the grip hand should slip, guess where that barrel is going to spin. And with your other hand being a single finger where it should no longer be on a loaded gun with no grip hand, you run the risk of blowing your own face off. Del Toro can do this because they're using underloaded blanks in a muzzle capped prop... or CGI. In short - don't ever try this. It's just for movie flare.
    – Kai Qing
    Sep 10, 2019 at 23:40

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