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

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

  1. high country

    high country Member

    Sep 20, 2007
    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

    TikkaShooter Member

    Aug 9, 2016
    NE Georgia
    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.
  3. ATLDave

    ATLDave Member

    Aug 30, 2011
    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

    spar10 Member

    Aug 26, 2019
    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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