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Unread 02-06-2004, 10:45 AM
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Re: Blinking/locktime question

Here's a little routine you can do to see if you're flinching.

1. Have your buddy load your gun with a mix of live rounds and dummies.

2. Balance a penny on your barrel each time you shoot.

3. Shoot the gun.

If you shoot a dummy, the penny should still be there. If it slides off, you flinched. It'll also tell you if you're flinching by how the site moves in the scope. It's good anti-flinch practice for shooting the big boomers.

If you don't see the muzzle flash in the scope, practice on keeping your eyes open when you pull the trigger. I'm prone to having this problem myself. It's called follow-through when you keep the eyes open. On a good varmint gun with a brake you see the bullet hit the target. On a prarie dog that's called the "red mist".

Mark in Utah
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Unread 02-06-2004, 10:36 PM
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Re: Blinking/locktime question

It's a flinch. Small, big, it still affects your groups if it's present. It's all about total 100% control, mind over matter... you know, the "matter" that's fixin to wallop YOU!

"Very, very gradually" apply pressure to the trigger as you hold your point of aim with 100% concentration and ZERO movement until the target drops from sight on recoil. Now, follow the sight picture with every once of your ability as it moves.

Exicuting follow through perfectly entails letting the rifle thump you, while acting like it never did. [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img] You must ignore it completely while focusing on following the sight picture like your life depends on not loosing it.

Everyone has a natural human reaction to flinch up when shocked. Fighting this reaction can be helped by focusing on something else and viewing everything else as being ordinary or mundane in the mind. The more you shoot, the easier this becomes.
Brent Moffitt
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Unread 02-06-2004, 11:03 PM
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Re: Blinking/locktime question


One thing i didn't see mentioned here was getting the softest recoil pad you can find, if it doesn't hurt, you dont flinch, and the blink goes away.

Good shootin,
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