Adam Painchaud from the Sig Academy introduces a drill designed to do away with the dreaded flinch that all honest shooters battle with.  I consistently train and encourage dry-fire practice, and I believe it to be an invaluable part to any shooting regiment.

Dry-fire practice allows us to concentrate exclusively on the movement in the gun that we introduce while pulling, pressing, or squeezing the trigger.  We are also able to work it into any other practice of shooting fundamentals be it movement, draws, or reloads etc. Initially, I would think of my trigger pull as leaning on the trigger because I imagine it as the opposite of a hard shove, but that imagery works for me and may not for you.

I have seen DF practice demonstrated by balancing a casing or small object on your slide though I do not like the idea of it being performed this way.  In my mind, we are required to have the ability to follow our front sight through discharge, so why not get practice by actually focusing on the movement of our front sight?

In the posted video, what I would question, comment on, or pose a query too, is the distance of the shot.  For most shooters, again honest shooters, a 40 m. shoot is no easy feat, or at the very least demands more concentration than normal engagements. Due to this fact we are forced to slow down and really focus on our trigger pull.  This increased concentration while making us more aware of our trigger pull, is not catching our nasty and more natural habits which in this instance is the flinch reaction or anticipation of recoil.


I would like to see a 2 or more shot string performed prior to this check so that when we do go to our test, our hands are conditioned to anticipate the recoil of the second, or third shot, and our flinch would be more evident.

This is a good demonstration of a useful technique if one chooses to fine-tune their pull, catch extra practice between range visits, or get a lot of practice in on a budget.

Train well, train consistently

– Adam

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