Flinch! 3 Tips to Overcome It
In Peter Lessler’s new book, Gun Digest Shooter’s Guide to Handgun Marksmanship, he explains “This [flinching] happens when, as soon as we press on the trigger to discharge the shot, our subconscious mind, anticipating the recoil to come, starts our hand dipping downward to counteract it. Our subconscious knows that the recoil impulse arrives pursuant to the press of the finger. The result is that the shot goes low. If the whole hand clenches convulsively at the same time, the shot will often go to the side, as well, usually left for a right-hander.”
Understanding what causes flinch, here are 3 Tips from Lessler’s book on how to correct it:
- Trick the mind by using the “surprise break.”
- Start with a slow trigger pull, increase speed as flinch becomes less of an issue.
- Make dry-fire practice a regular habit.
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In this video, Top Shot Champion Chris Cheng demonstrates for beginners how to execute a proper trigger pull and introduces dry fire practice. Firearm instructors and experienced shooters are encouraged to watch and share these tips with newcomers to the shooting sports.
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