Aaron Spuler is a firearms enthusiast and recreational shooter. Follow more or his work at The Weapon Blog
Hello, my name is Julie Golob, and I flinch.
That’s right…I’m a professional competition shooter, a seven-division practical shooting ladies champion with over 50 world and national titles. How could I possibly flinch when I shoot?
Every now and again, though, you’ll see me flinch. It can happen when I am shooting cold, with no practice. It can happen when I know I will experience significant recoil. It can happen when I feel pressure to perform. My eyes may close just as I break the shot, but training, discipline, knowledge of my firearm and recoil control techniques result in a minor discrepancy of hits on the target… or a quick follow-up shot.
Flinching is a natural defense mechanism that plagues many shooters, and yes, even seasoned ones. A flinch is a natural human reaction, defined as a quick, nervous movement of the face or body as an instinctive reaction to surprise, fear, or pain.
When you shoot a firearm, there is literally an explosion happening inches in front of your face. It’s completely natural to slam your eyelids shut, tense up, and…flinch.
Whether it is the novice shooter with a white-knuckled grip on the handgun, desperate to control the flash, bang and recoil; or the experienced target shooter whose microscopic flinch leads to a less than perfect 10x bull’s-eye, we have all done it.
Go and read the rest of the article. You’ll learn it’s ok to admit to flinching and how to correct it.