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viper144 09-06-2013 10:07

Flinch Problem
Mas, first off, Thank You for your time on this forum.

This is not particularly a self-defense question and more of a shooting question.
My wife has developed a real bad low-left flinch. I put her on the AA (.22) conversion kit for a 17 and she does really well. However, as soon as she goes back to the 9mm, the flinch returns. I have exhausted all of my tips for her.
Guess my question is.....would a lighter or heavier trigger do any help. The lighter trigger (more of a surprise break) or the heavier trigger (making her wait longer for the break).
Or am I barking up a wrong tree.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Mas Ayoob 09-06-2013 11:42

Instead of the trigger pulls, I'd start with other likely sources. Low and left for a right handed shooter is classic "milking," with the "holding fingers" convulsing sympathetically with the pull of the "trigger finger." It can exist separately without trigger jerk, or with trigger jerk, which of course exacerbates it.

Try her for a while with a hard crush grip, exerting maximum force with everything but the trigger finger. While doing so, she wants to be consciously working on evenly distributing trigger pressure straight back with her dominant hand index finger.

Give that a try, please, and get back to us here and let us know how it works out.


viper144 09-06-2013 14:03

Thank you much for the tip, will try and have her concentrate on the technic.

Just one more thing, when I say she is low and left, I mean off the target and in the dirt, low and left.
When we do GSSF, seems she does fairly well (on the paper) for the first magazine of a certain stage. After that she is hardly even on the paper.
I truly believe it is something mental, trying to anticipate the gun going off, and I can't get her fixed.
Maybe I need to get her a shrink, just kidding.

Mas Ayoob 09-07-2013 11:38

Videotape her shooting, preferably putting the camera on her non-dominant hand side. This will give you and her a great opportunity to review and catch things like a flinch or a trigger jerk, and will also be something you can show to third party instructors to see what they might be able to spot separately.


viper144 09-07-2013 12:28

Thank You very much....had not thought of that.

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