Sometimes flinching actually can be a good thing. It’s an involuntary reflex that prepares your body for what’s about to come, and in some cases can help you avoid pain or injury. Boxers train hard to overcome this natural instinct and prepare for the inevitable impact of their opponent’s glove. And like a boxer, you can avoid flinching and prepare for the jolt of your rifle as it recoils back into your body.
Flinching can cause your bullet to go astray and you might not even realize it. Instead you search for other reasons, such as riflescope issues, poor trigger control or faulty ammunition as causes for inaccuracy.