Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Lose of fine motor skill during critical defense incidents- Rob Pincus

 "The lose of fine motor skill that comes during a dynamic critical incident is not just a factor of fear & stress, there is a physiological component that has to do with the redirecting of bloodflow throughout the body, not just an arbitrary high heart rate. Less blood to extremities, less strength & control in the muscles there...

I believe that we should not try to "out train" the human body's natural reactions to fear & stress... at best, it slows us down... and it probably isn't possible at the most fundamental levels.... Work with your body's natural reactions: limit the amount of fine-motor-skills necessary in your defensive training.

Fighting is not a sport.. that is kinda the point...

Shooting can be a Sport... but defensive shooting during a dynamic critical incident?? No.

For my students, I use the analogy of an Indy racer Vs. car owner in a big city.... The urbanite MUST develop the skill to parallel park if he wants to own and operate a car in the city.. The indy driver doesn't need to have EVER done that, but must have other skills developed to a high degree (shifting, cornering at high speeds, etc)... They both use the same tool (a car), but they are doing very different things.

I hope that makes sense... too many people confuse mechanical target shooting skills with defensive skills.

What you "can" do in a controlled environment like a range might have very little to do with what you NEED to do during a dynamic critical incident.

 It's not the degree of skill... its the skill itself. The Indy driver is NOT more skilled than the urbanite when it comes to Parellel Parking, just because he can corner at 180... two different things. Re-read the analogy... in fact, I invite you to read Combat Focus Shooting to learn more about the difference between training for sport and training for a fight.

Stories and anecdotes are one thing... empiracle evidence and observation of what highly trained people do when things get bad is another...

 ...how do we prepare the average armed professional or self-defense oriented gun owner to work with all that stuff and still be effective in a realistic situation. Competitive shooters at the world class level are PROFESSIONAL SHOOTERS engaging in an athletic endeavor, not warriors preparing for combat and not CCW permit holders with regular jobs, tight budgets and limited training time. 

Can we out-train some automatic reactions? Probably not. Can we train to counteract or overcome them very quickly? Maybe some of the people, some of the time, maybe most of the people in certain circumstances........ but, who has the time? Personally, I don't feel that it is worth the effort to bother. I can also shoot tighter groups if I put my pistol in a Ransom Rest and line it up on the bad guy, but I don't consider that a viable defensive shooting technique."

-Rob Pincus 

Source: https://thefiringline.com/forums/showthread.php?t=238915