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  • Tips on fighting flinch??? I’m getting frustrated

    Posted by Neville on May 17, 2021 at 6:33 am

    Tips on fighting flinch??? I’m getting frustrated

    Neville replied 1 year, 1 month ago 2 Members · 9 Replies
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  • Akalenedat

    May 17, 2021 at 6:33 am

    Dry fire or a smaller caliber.

  • Famous_Calligrapher7

    May 17, 2021 at 6:33 am

    What load are you flinching on ?

  • Ag3ntofkarma

    May 17, 2021 at 6:33 am

    Practice aiming and pulling the trigger without a round in. Get the muscle memory before and hopefully get rid of the anticipation.

  • cms1013

    May 17, 2021 at 6:33 am

    For me it was just a practice makes perfect thing, enough rounds down range and eventually it will become normal to you, and there for won’t elicit the response to move.
    Another thing I’ve heard for training (might be bro science) is to use a 22lr trainer. With almost no sound or recoil you’re much less likely to flinch, train in that for awhile, move back to the centerfire, and your body isn’t used to flinching when you pull a trigger

  • thecodebenders

    May 17, 2021 at 6:33 am

    I haven’t had much trouble with rifles, but for a while, pistols were giving me lots of flinching problems. Loading a magazine with a mix of live ammo and random snap caps/dummy rounds really kept me honest. Other than that, focusing on the trigger pull and not the shot can keep your mind just busy enough to let it fly. Smooth, straight back, and try not to slap the trigger to the rear when the shot breaks. Just steady pressure and motion.

  • TheDrunkenFisher

    May 17, 2021 at 6:33 am

    I had the same problem for a long time. I took some cheaper .308, and would load a few mags assorted quantities. Try and just plink, cycle and catch my self when I thought I had another round, make the corrections and get used to it

  • LifeOverLaw

    May 17, 2021 at 6:33 am

    I’d spend some time analyzing your position and your setup as it relates to it. Things like your length of pull and scope mounting position. If you are not in a position you can rest for a long time and be relaxed you will not be in an ideal position to begin to absorb the recoil, let alone feeling so comfortable with that position and the incoming recoil that you can eat it like an ice cream sandwich and it does nothing to bother your comfort.

  • the_blue_wizard

    May 17, 2021 at 6:33 am

    You need to reach a *State of ZEN.* It is natural to flinch at something so loud. But you have to train yourself to accept that it is going to be loud. You have to train yourself to, not really ignore it, but rather to not let it effect you. Easier said than done.

    But it is something that can be trained. Just like other aspects of shooting that can be isolated and specifically trained for, you can practice shooting, preferable with a lower caliber like 22LR so it is not costing your a fortune, and focus on not reacting to the noise and recoil. Or more accurately, reacting less and less to the noise and recoil.

    Though not very helpful, you have to train yourself to – *Let it Go.* To let go of the reaction. This is the Zen part, almost like a meditation.

    Though I’m no where near that level now, eons ago when Dinosaurs roamed the earth, I was on an Army Rifle and Pistol Team, and I gradually reached this Zen State. Yes, I pulled the trigger. Yes I was in control of the pistol. But … it was like I was watching a movie. I was separated from the event and because of this – no reaction. ZEN!

    Yes, I know that sounds overly dramatic. But the point is that – reacting can be trained out of you. Much like Holster Draw, much like Mag Swap, much like engaging targets at multiple distances, reacting to the sound and recoil is something you can train for, but that is where your focus has to be when you train for this specific isolated aspect.

    With each shot, simply calm your mind and try not to react. Hard at first but with each shot, it gets easier. But, and this is just me, I would do this with a 22LR. It is a lot easier to mentally let go of the reaction to a 22LR than it is a 50 Cal.

    As others have mentioned, Dry Fire is a good start.

    To make you hyper aware of just how much you are reacting some people suggest you let a friend load your magazine, and slide a Snap-Cap randomly into the magazine. Most people are amazed at how they react to that one round that does not actually go off.

    So, back to my main point, go shooting, and specifically focus on your reaction to noise and recoil, and then focus on letting go of that reaction. Over time you will be able to let go and not react. But it will take time.

    Due to circumstance, I’ve been out of shooting for a considerable period of time, and I am trying to train that reaction aspect out of myself right now. I’m OK with a Rifle, but, right now, terrible with my pistol. But I’m working on it.

  • bedspreadhammock

    May 17, 2021 at 6:33 am

    Concentrate on your breathing and squeezing the trigger. You should almost be surprised by the recoil if you’re doing it right. At least that’s how my pappy taught me.

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