Thought of the Day. Flinch, jerk, push, pre-ignition disruption.
Much is said about pre-ignition disruption of the sights in the form a flinch, etc. Recently an article against dry fire was shared in which the author asserted the remedy is firing a bunch of rounds to inoculate the shooter from the recoil, muzzle blast, flash etc. And that by firing many, many rounds, the shooter would be used to the noise and such and then would be able to shoot without flinching, etc.
My experience has been much different. First, I never had much issue with flinching in the first place but I did find that I had to concentrate intently to ensure I didn’t do something with my hands or grip (that would affect aim) to compensate for the pending recoil. After about a year of regular dry fire I have found that dry fire has 'inoculated" me from concern regarding recoil, muzzle blast, flash, noise, etc. Here’s how. Because dry fire is the bulk of my training I give zero thought to recoil, muzzle blast, flash, noise, etc. in my training. I pull the trigger again and again and my focus is on the sights and the trigger....which is where it should be in live fire; right?
So when I live fire, or shoot a match; I perform to the level of my capabilities based on my experience practicing and skills learned in practice. In practice I focus on the sights and the trigger giving no thought to muzzle blast, recoil, flash etc. so in a match I give no thought to muzzle blast, recoil, flash, etc. I am routinely shooting 90-95% of the points. YMMV, but I think shooting so much you “get used to it” may not be as productive afterall.