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About two years ago, I had the pleasure of training a police Sgt. from a major city here in Arizona in the art of Quick Kill; Enhanced Peripheral Vision using two guns; The zipper, The Hammer, Compressed Ready and a few other unorthodox shooting positions.

I was standing to the shooters left, his being left handed, while he practiced drawing from his duty rig into the compressed ready position and firing from there straight through his extending the arm toward the threat till his elbow was locked out and the gun had been brought to just below his line of sight into the Quick Kill position that was between his nose and chin level at about 12 feet.

I happened to be watching his draw stroke and my attention went to watching his wrists action through this exercise. I noticed his wrist was moving like a lever to keep the barrel parallel to the ground once he was into the compressed ready positon and while the gun and wrist moved higher to just below his line of sight. The barrel was being kept parallel to the ground at every point while his arm moved higher.

I started to really watch his wrist and how it was used to keep the gun parellel/level to the ground no matter where the gun was in relation to his arm or body. This made the hits from just above waist stay in the same plane as the hits while extending the arm forward/outward and higher until he "locked out".

The wrist was being used as a lever without conscious thought on his part to keep the rounds as close to each other as possible on the threat. His rounds were grouping near 3 inches at 12 feet in rapid fire with considerable arm speed while it extended out and moved to different planes of height throughout. I made note of this wrist action yesterday and would test it later in my own practice. It seemed I must have been doing the same thing when I had similar results on my own, but I had not been conscious of this.

Today, I went back to the range for some hip shooting practice leading right into extending the arm up and out while continuing to fire to full extension. I had mentioned to numerous students to keep the gun barrel level/parallel with the ground while shooting in various skills sets over these courses.

While that is good for keeping the hits on an acceptable plane with the threat whether you are using elbow up/elbow down, shooting from compressed ready, or from any other position really, when we start stringing these drills together in training, it is no less important to keep that barrel parallel to the ground.

In most of these skills the forearm is also kept parallel to the ground individually, but once the arm is moving, using the shoulder and elbow to move the forearm out and up vertically, if the wrist remained in the original position, the shots would not stay in the same relative plane [ the COM of the threat ] as they do during our drills.

The shoulder and elbow play a significant role here, and are the gross motor skills for most of these actions, however, the wrist becomes the "fine tuner" of these gross motor skills, keeping the barrel parallel to the ground as much as possible throughout this motion or movement of the arm.

This all happens with nary a conscious thought for those who have held and fired a handgun over an extended period of time utilizing this movement of up and out of the holster, then extending up and outward further, pushing the hand toward the threat.

It has major implications in our proprioceptive abilities as humans. Repeated movements, refined to the point of unconscious thought, of just doing, of a form of muscle memory, without really ever fully understanding the incredible ability our body has of "learning" and refining all these little things that allow us to act without thought. To know where we are in time and space without direct visual imput after awhile.

These wrists movement is really the fine tuner of the action of drawing and keeping the gun barrel parallel to the ground in different planes througout the draw stroke. Over countless repetitions of the draw and extending the arm, the wrist remembers where it has to be to keep that barrel parallel at all times.

We've all heard the saying at one time or another if we have been around shooters long enough that someone is shooting low or high because they are breaking the wrist/s. Perhaps we should be more concerned that the shooters wrist has not developed the proprioceptive ability it is capable, to "know" subconsciously the position it needs to be in to make the shot no matter where the arm, elbow and shoulder are within their drawstroke sequence.

If the shooter has always drawn and fired at full extension, the wrist has not needed to "learn" where it is within the drawstroke. It has not learned the sequence of fine tuning to allow firing with the barrel parallel to the ground from anything but extension. Is it any wonder that when we ask students to then do just that, that they find it difficult to make the shots go into the same area naturally?

I worked this today for some hours, stopping at various points along the extension of the arm and checking the orientation of the barrel to the gound. The barrel was always parallel no matter where I stopped the action. As my arm moved up and out into my sight plane, from the holster, the wrist was fine tuning the movement and keeping the barrel level, acting in the manner of a fine tuned lever automatically, from years of the same actions being repeated, and making adjustments for shots to keep them where the brain wanted to put them.

Interesting body mechanics that are easily learned by practice. I suppose we all tend to ignore the how and why things are working better as we progress in our training, settling for getting "better" at the goals we set for ourselves. We think in terms of muscle memory, and it really does come to that in the end. It's the reasons behind how the body remembers these actions, our proprioceptive abilities to just do things after some time that others are want to think are near impossible.

How about your own experiences and observations based on your own "practice makes perfect" and the successes you have experienced in developing skills in this or other areas that would correlate to this subject in some way.

The wrist, being a fine tuner at the end of several levers, itself being a lever, allowing us to perform subconsciously at levels of competence that are simply amazing. At times taken for granted and thought of as simply "practice makes perfect" or "muscle memory" and just plain old "training".

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Really interesting. Since I'm new to shooting, I'm still doing the equivalent of learning to walk and chew gum at the same time when trying to put basic grip, stance, trigger pull, sighting, etc. all together. Some days I'm great; others, not so much. I like that there's always something new to challenge myself with, even if I get frustrated at times. I find it heartening that someone like yourself, with years of daily experience, is still interested enough to keep finding new things to pay attention to that will help others like me. Thanks.
 

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Brownie.....
That would make a VERY INFORMATIVE high speed video clip!
 

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I believe that the body has many natural abilities, for example just raising your arm half way between your waist and shoulder and pointing at an object with your index finger. More than like you'll be very accurate with your natural empty handed aim. I think introducing a piece of equipment like a weapon into the equation requires training and repetition for the same kind of natural ability to translate over from empty handed aim to aiming accurately with a weapon.
In short I agree with your thoughts Brownie.
 

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Brownie,

Thanks for the bump. I enjoyed reading this. And after thinking about it some, in your class that I took with you, I recall doing this, especially during one drill on the line to where I was squatting as I was shooting, but still hitting the same 3"-4" area on the target.

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The time to place BOM (Bullets On Meat) is paramount, to do that in as short a time frame as possible, from the holster, ditto!

Slipping in what we all know (or should know) the shortest distance between two points is a straight line, we can complete the equation.

My way, I have taught for many years, and just called it the Punch Draw, goes like this.

Glock 19, right hip, straight up and down holster angle, first and final grip (death grip!) on pistol, yank it straight up, swiveling it as it becomes level with high chest area.

(Arm pit?)

At this point the wrist (as you say Brownie) is now locked, and level with fore arm, and the ground.

If other hand busy? or missing! the pistol is punched forward, till it stops, or nearly stops, and trigger is pressed, Glock19!! Fires. At eye level, or just below, lots of dry fire, lots.

If two handed hold is utilized, off hand is punched into, also level with chest, this has the advantage of two arms, as apposed to one, stronger, faster, more control on repeat shots, which are normally utilized in one on one hand gun confrontations (using a 203 or RPG, one is fine) "More is better, always"

Confrontations with pistols work better with an equal balance of speed, and accuracy. IMHO.
 

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I can relate very well to the wrist acting as a "fine tuner" with my golfing experiences. For years I negated the fact the wrist imparts the last "fine touch" as the golf club hits the ball. I was set on following videos of Pros and reading books and getting consumed and wrapped up in technicalities.

Then one time I decided I was going to lose that stiffness in my wrist, allowing the chest, shoulder, arm, and wrist to act as a "fluid system" and all of the sudden, my shots were going to where my brain wanted the shots to go. I kept over-thinking posture, feet alignment, blah blah, but if I just "grooved" with the swing and let the body do the movements it knows and its familiar with, including little "wrist touches" as I call them, my game improved ten fold.

Good post Brownie.
 

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Back to the top as it was linked in the aar thread where I'd mentioned I'd posted about it some years back.
 
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