Any Way to Cure a Flinch?
My wife (honest!) has a flinch when shooting handguns that keeps her from being consistent. She will shoot a bullseye at 18' and then miss the 8" circle with the next shot. I watch her and can see her anticipate the recoil with a flinch - especially when she hasn't counted her rounds or realized the slide has locked back. So loading a dummy in the mag won't help - we know she's flinching.
Any advice? Back to a .22? This is akin to having the putting yips in golf - it may not be curable.
Probably tired of hearing this, but...........
My contention is that good handgunning is 99% mental. When flinching happens, concentration has been broken.
The shooter must think "Front sight. Squeeze." The shot must come as a surprise. That is, align the sights, and slowly begin the trigger squeeze.
I take some ribbing for this, but any range session that begins to go downhill is usually because of the lack of concentration. When bullets begin to stray, go back to basics. And practice often. Practice developes muscular coordination so that becomes natural. When concentrating on grip, stance, or whatever, concentration is distracted from the basic.
Double Hearing Protection?
I haven't tried this, but I wonder if double hearing protection might help (plugs AND muffs).
3 proven ways to cure the flinchies...
Time, familiarity, self confidence. If she's afraid of the gun, she'll flinch. If she's in control and shooting it agressively, she'll squeeze it every time. Also, the more you switch guns on her, the more unique trigger pulls she'll have to learn. Learn on one gun.