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    Blinking

    While self-assessing my mechanics, I realized today that I tend to blink with every shot I fire. What are some good drills I could practice to suppress this reflex? I want to improve my ability to keep track of my front sight through recoil and get off quicker aimed followup shots.

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    Always train to shoot with both eyes open. Unless you are in the dark (night vision) then shoot with both eyes shut (Instinctive when you can) or one strong eye shut - use the other one. Keep you strong eye for when you really need it.

    The blink........... involuntary........
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    I tend to blink shooting higher pressure rounds (.40S&W, 10mm, 9mm +P+). Other than just concentrating on watching the front sight all the way through recoil, I don't know that there is anything you can do. That blink, if it is like mine, is an involuntary reflex.

    I find standard pressure .45acp and 9mm (up to +P) do the job just fine so I just avoid those others.
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    For general shooting: if you are achieving a proper surprise trigger break, the blink will occur after the shot is gone. If you are keeping your eyes closed longer than just a momentary blink, it is anticipation, or flinch, and should be trained out of you.

    Interestingly, I was taught that blinking is a conditioned response, that is, a learned response. Newborn babies haven't yet learned it and so do not blink; so I'm told. If anyone out there can verify or refute this I would be pleased to hear it.

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    Pretty sure that the only way I could not blink when firing a shot is to have my eyelids removed.

    And blinking isn't conditioned... newborns blink less frequently than adults, but will still blink involuntarily if something is coming towards their face.
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    I don't think it's flinching. My shot placements are good even when I blink, which leads me to believe that it *is* happening after the shot is gone, and as far as I can tell it's just a momentary blink. In other words, I don't think this is affecting my first shot accuracy. What I'm worried about is that it could be slowing down my followup by making me reacquire the front sight instead of keeping track of it throughout recoil.

    I'm thinking of getting a 22LR pistol (or possibly using a conversion kit on one of my Glocks) to see if I can condition myself to shoot without blinking with them. I don't blink when I dry fire, by the way.

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    I blink involuntarily after a shot whether it is mine or someone else's. I spend a lot of time on a spotting scope and blink every time without knowing when the shot will go off. I know other spotters who claim they can watch a bullet's vapor trail going down range and see the target impact on shots.
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    Try not blinking when the eye doctor blows that little puff of air at your eyeball; can't be done. The blink immediately following detonation is the same thing. Like Hoganbeg said, the blink SHOULD occur after bullet has left the barrel, and not effect shot placement. Blinking prior to firing is what you should be trying to control. The first is involuntary and can't really be controlled, while the second is anticipation (not a particularly good thing), and should be trained away..
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    ..............always blink (close the eye to light) to protect from Frag/Flash at night! Just saying........

    And those pop up night flairs really screw up your shooting/strong eye. So blink/close it to protect it.

    I deleated the first part of this post. Been there, done that.

    As for good sight alignment and target vision........ I agree with the above people.
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    I prop my eyes open with toothpicks to keep from blinking.LOL

    The other posters are correct. It is virtually impossible not to blink. It is a natural reflex.

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    As another poster commented the shot is usually long gone by the time you blink so don't worry about it.
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