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How to stop flinching, see the sights, and quit missing low-and-left

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by ATLDave, Jul 29, 2019.

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  1. high country

    high country Member

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    Thanks ATLDave for posting this. Your experinces, as well as those of many of the other contributors, are very helpful to those of us with a more pronounced reflexive response to a hand held detonation.

    What jpy posted describes exactly what I struggle with. I seem to overthink sight alignment, not trusting my brain to find the center of the target. I do it with rifle as well, especially with iron sights. Optics seem to trick my brain a little unless the magnification is so high that I start trying to fight miniscule movements, which does more harm than good. Since I am overly focused on the sights, when I decide they are right and fire, I anticipate the recoil and flich. I have a tendancy jerk the trigger too in haste, but have improved my trigger control quite a bit through dry fire and dummy rounds. I think that moving my focus from the sights and target to the pistol itself, and making sure I watch the gun fire, may be just the ticket (sort of a "you can't flinch, you need to see this happen" as opposed to " trigger pull initiated, your part is done" mental process).

    Hard to find time to get to the range these days, but hope to get away for a little while tomorrow with some shorthand notes on some of these thoughts/exercises to give a try.
     
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  2. TikkaShooter

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    AFA correcting the missing low and left; this may be of assistance. It isn't perfect because the sights could be incorrect; however, it can be helpful.
    PistolCorrectionChart1.png
     
  3. ATLDave

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    That chart is the source of much confusion. It was intended for one-handed bullseye shooting. It has nothing to do with the gross errors that come with a true blink-involved flinch. And it doesn’t track well with two-handed modern shooting anyway.

    For about 98% of people, it’s worse than useless.
     
  4. spar10

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    Great write up!

    When I was a kid learning to shoot, we started with a .357 revolver my dad had. He would mix live rounds with empty cartridges to teach me to relax and also to help highlight a flinch if it happened on an empty round. It was good training to help break the reflexive component of a flinch.
     
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