Not Allowing Recoil Flinch to Take Foothold in the First Place

Anticipating recoil is an issue that plagues new shooters. This short video shows a method of training a new shooter numerous skillsets in an immersion type teaching method.

This was quick impromptu video on the range capturing the concept of immersive learning to get the student aware of what she need to be aware of and let go of uncecessary reactions to recoil.


1.shooter learns muzzle awareness (via sight alignment-picture). Namely sight alignment in this drill (can have variations with Natural Point of Aim).

2.Trigger control on demand. Meaning, breaking the shot with a short time window.

3.Occupying the brain so it does not worry about shot anticipation flinch.


To properly train a new shooter not to flinch is an objective that plagues trainers. "Don't Flinch!" I am not saying this is "the" solution, but it is a training tool and it certainly provides food for thought. It is critical to use a SIRT Training Pistol first and make sure the shooter understands sight alignment and has cleaned up their trigger control. Otherwise when the student jumps into the drill they just send rounds without knowing what to look for. It is common to see new shooters just pull the trigger and have shots (or laser pulses) go everywhere.

Resist the temptation of training them how to shoot on the move. In other words don't say shoot in between strides, heal toe.... all good points, but 1) they can learn these implicitly and 2) this is a great opportunity for them to learn acceptable sight picture/alignment and on demand trigger control. In fact the worse their movement technique is the better, their sight picture will be bouncing all over the place making the demands higher on executing trigger control on demand.

Disturbed Sight Picture:

I love the fact that the sights bobble around in this drill. It provides natural movement and forces the eyes to track the sights and understand when the sights are sufficiently aligned to hit in the acceptable accuracy zone (AAZ) (target). Now the shooter is seeing the hits (laser hits with SIRTs) and building the intuitive database of feel of the gun and sight alignment and where it hit. Draw out the AAZ so they clearly know what is in and what is out*.

Trigger Control:

Breaking a shot clean without disturbing the muzzle is one thing in ideal conditions, but now when we have to break the shot while the muzzle is only in the AAZ for a brief moment... that requires even better trigger control. Its like going from mastering free throws to mastering jump shots with the defender in your face. Is this too much for a new shooter? I would argue no. I think the methodology of getting the shooter to break the shot on demand is teaching them running form when in the end they need to be running. Yes in the "crawl, walk, run" learning model students start with crawl...but what do crawling mechanics have to do with running mechanics. In the end, we need to break shots on demand not with a slow prep, pause, surprise break**. With the SIRT in the first phase (not shown in video but same drill in lower right picture but with a SIRT) the student learns quickly that the dashes (laser sweeps) are not desirable, "bad", and clean dots (breaking shots without disturbing muzzle) is "good". So implicit learning begins. If the student is struggling on getting dots not dashes, there are cueing points for trigger control shown in other videos.

Teaching "Rationalized Apathy" for the boom (...Oxymoronic??)

We have to teach students to not give the boom (recoil) excessive focus.... See full article in the training center.