The trigger can still be pulled, but nothing happens- just makes holding it with gloves on easier. It can be a bit warm at times, but is actually pretty comfortable and can be re-purposed into other costumes, guardians of the galaxy game costumes which makes things easy if I want to cosplay at an away con. Hope to see you all at a con this season! I had kept a broken tube from one of my old solar powered yard lights and used it and a wooden dowel as the main shaft of the hook.