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How to Stop Flinching When Shooting a Pistol – 30 Day Navy SEAL Challenge

Chris Sajnog: Hey guys. What’s going
on? Chris Sajnog here, founder of the new rules of marksmanship
training system. In this video, I’m
going to teach you how to stop flinching when
you shoot a pistol. Now let’s go ahead and get started. [music] All right. A lot of people will
tell you that flinching is just a natural response to the gun
going off, the sound of it going off, the explosion
going off so close to your face, and they say there’s
nothing you can do about it. Well, they’re partially true in
that it is a natural response. What’s happening is that these people
started off not training properly. They did what most people do
is they go to the range before they know how to shoot their
pistol, and they shoot it for the first time, and they do have a
natural response to that explosion going off because they’ve
never experienced it before. The gun goes off and they
have this flinch and from that moment forward, they’ve
got this flinch ingrained in their brain, and they
really spend the rest of their lives trying to
get rid of that flinch. If you’re one of these
people that thinks a flinch is just a natural
response, well, why don’t great
shooters flinch like I don’t flinch when I shoot a pistol? If you watch competition
shooters or really anybody who’s a good shooter,
they don’t flinch when they shoot and
that’s because they’ve trained properly, and
you can do it too. Don’t use that non fact that it’s an automatic response and
you can’t get rid of it as an excuse for not training
properly and not putting in the time. How can we cure that? Well, to tell you the
truth, it’s really easy. I want to give you a challenge, and that is the 30-day
dry fire challenge. 30 days of dry fire means you are not
going to shoot a firearm for 30 days. I know that can be tough,
especially if you’ve got a range in your backyard, but it’s
really the only way to do it because a lot of people
will try dry fire and like, “Hey, Chris, I tried
dry fire one time and it didn’t work. I’m not cured.” Well, you need time to build up the
proper muscle memory for it to work. I found it’s about 30 days. It’s going to be longer for some
people, shorter for others, but give 30 days a try
and that’s going to make you what I call an MVP shooter. Now, what do I mean
by an MVP shooter? Well, I mean you’re going
to use meditation, visualization and positive thinking. By the way, when I talk about dry
fire, I mean anything that’s going to make you a better shooter. It can be meditation, it can be visualization, it can be positive
thinking, but it’s also going to be any type of manipulation
that you can do with the firearm. I call it sometimes dry weapons
manipulation or dry weapons training. It’s anything that makes
you a better shooter, not just pulling the
trigger, because pulling the trigger, that’s just one part of shooting a
firearm effectively. You need to practice everything
if you want to be good. Do that for 30 days. Okay, meditate, visualize and
work on your positive thinking. If you say that you always
flinch or you always anticipate the shot or
you always shoot low and left, your body is going
to want to make your mind correct, and you
don’t want to do that. Tell your body what to do,
tell your body that you are a great shooter and practice
it for 30 days a dry fire. I know you will get
the results you want. That’s it for now. Until next time. Keep paving your path to perfection. Hey, I really hope you
enjoyed watching that video, and if you did,
I put together my top three videos for learning
to shoot at home, and I want to give those to
you absolutely free. Now all you have to do is click the I
card that just popped up or you can go to, and I will send you not only those top three videos that I have for
learning to shoot at home, but I will also send you a free PDF copy of my
new rules of marksmanship manifesto. Click the card, go to so I can send you those videos. Keep paving your path
to perfection, guys.

34 thoughts on “How to Stop Flinching When Shooting a Pistol – 30 Day Navy SEAL Challenge

  1. Now I’m a little confused: I thought flinching was caused by ANTICIPATING the shot, and not by a RESPONSE to the shot as stated in this video? If flinching was a response to the shot, it would not be much less of an issue as the bullett has aleady left the barrel before the ‘flinch’ impacts the gun. At least that was my take-away of after 12 years in the German armed forces…

  2. Hey, please advice me, as a new shooter, should I start with a heavier and larger pistol for balance and accuracy or go directly on smaller pistols, such as shield or M&P 9c, G26 or start with heavier 1911s, or Sig 226, CZ Shadow, etc? How should I value this? Some people tell me that new shooters always must start with a long barrel and heavy pistols…

  3. Excellent tips, I greatly appreciate it! Your explanations of why flinching occurs is very helpful too.

  4. you have to realize,the pistol is part of you,it's your friend,your protection, defencivemainly,,let each shot be like a word,exiting your mind,,or if your a hunter,,shoot pistol with same frame of mind,,,it helps me

  5. Excellent suggesrions Chris! I worked hard about 14 years ago to overcome the flinch. I did LOTS of dry fire practice with some .22 rimfire practice sprinkled in. It took me something like 9 months of consistenr effort to work through it.

  6. great suggestion! i'll give it a try. i've been going shooting about twice a week since i got my glock back in february, and while i've noticed that i flinch less, i still do, though. about 5-6/10 shots, i think. but the thing i'm still having issues with is being able to keep my eyes open. regardless of whether or not my hands flinch, or i throw the shot, i still close my eyes.
    these dry fire videos are great! hope you keep them coming!

  7. Ever seen a flintlock in slow motion? The hammer drops ignites the powder and then the gun fires. Think about the hammer dropping and not so much the explosion. Just focus on the target and then the click of the hammer drop and you'll never have the flinch again. Watch a video of flintlock , it's the same thing

  8. You’re right Chris 30 days is a long time not shooting , so I just duck taped my eyes open it works very well !! 😳

  9. Chris, thanks for the video! What’s the best way to dry fire a Glock 19, what stuff would make it more suitable i.e. snap caps?

  10. Righto Chris…I'm gonna "Meditate" about not flinching versus actual dry-fire training. JUST do properly done dry-fire training!!!!! As long as time is being spent on training, use as ACTUAL hands-on training!!!

  11. Your advice on MVP and dry-fire practice is spot on. Thank you so much for these videos. They have made me a much better shooter.

  12. Thank you Chris. I've got more out of your vids, and other training materials than I got from two days with a "certified" instructor.

  13. Thank you so much I have improved so much after wat going your videos. And 30 day dry fire challenge transformed my shooting. Awesome

  14. Most people flinch I’ve seen military men flinch.. its anticipation. If you fire your gun an then out of no where the next round doesnt go off 99% of people flinch due to thinking they needed to grip the gun for the recoil an nothing happens..

  15. Tried it for five weeks. Every day. Maybe 10 maybe 15 times. Found more than that lessened my concentration. Went to the range yesterday. 45 acp 9 out of 10 in the black (3" @ 30'). 9mm 10 for 10. Will continue dry firing every day. Bragging absolutely not more like pleasantly surprised. Thank You Chris

  16. I need to try this. I am by no means a great pistol shooter, but i have fun. Funny thing is every time i go into it and say "I did so good last time, now i want to focus on my grip more blah blah blah" i do awful. When i go in thinking "meh i suck, i'll just go through a few boxes and get some trigger time in" i do (what i consider) great. I need to do more than watch youtube to improve my shooting, but some of these videos do have good info.

  17. I highly recommend Mantis-X. It’s a dry fire program that is downloaded to your smart phone or IPad and has a receiving device that attaches to your actual firearm as a light would. Gives huge amount of information as you dry fire pistol or rifle. Also works for live fire also. Easy to dry fire for longer periods of time because of feedback on muzzle movement and quality of shots. Cured my bad flinch that I could not seem to overcome. I have no affiliation with Mantis-X just a great tool for shooters.

  18. Exactly hitting the nail on the head. Dry fire builds muscle and reflex memory. Reminds me of the Snapping In week prior to Range week at Parris Island.

  19. Love your stuff Chris, but I think you're a bit off target on this one. You've got the problem defined correctly, but dry fire won't solve it. If you grab a Psych 101 text book on classical conditioning you'll see why. Dry fire is in effect response extinction but when the bang is reintroduced, kinesthetic recall or 'muscle memory' will not pre-empt a return of the conditioned response (flinch). Experienced shooters don't flinch because they've had enough exposure to concussion and recoil to habituate to it. Just as paratroopers lose their fear of heights around their 200th jump.

  20. I fry fire everyday. I have literally dry practiced every day of this year atleast 20 reps each day most of the time more. I consider myself an average shooter but dry practicing does help!

  21. Have a bad flinch. I tried this method and it didn't work for me. I'm not complaining. It might work for some people. This is just feedback.

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