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Updates From My Desk

Fine Motor Skills

In a recent pistol class the discussion of fine motor skills came up.  It was in reference to using an over the top "sling shot" method of racking the slide home as opposed to pushing down the slide stop during an emergency reload. The student doing this was required to do a sling shot because of their department's policy.  The answer as to why is the same one I have heard for years and that is,  "under stress you will not be able to execute any fine motor skill tasks".  Ok, then how are we able to push the magazine release?  It is tiny and requires as much if not more fine motor movement than the slide stop.  I see the same thing on the rifle.  People use a slapping of the palm and heel of their left hand to release the bolt lock.  The ever present reason?  Yes - the fine motor skill argument.  I always ask them though how they will ever be able to run the mag release?  It too is small and requires a direct press to work.  It is at this point that the vacant stares begin.

I acknowledge the undeniable truth that your fine motor skills will suffer under great stress.  I believe however that the term "fine motor skills" means different things to different people.  What is a gross motor skill for me, is a fine motor skill for the untrained or poorly trained individual.  The shooter I was talking to in the pistol class had fantastic skill and ability yet was relegated to using a slower technique because of agency policy.  In my opinion these policies are nothing more than excuses for mediocrity. With training, people can learn to execute techniques that will make them faster and more efficient.  This training takes time however and most agencies and professional organizations are not willing to make that commitment.  Factors such as cost, time and focus always get in the way. They simply train to the lowest common denominator.

One of my priority missions in training is to get people to move beyond average or "qualified" shooters.  Do not accept technique and philosophy that is designed for the briefly trained masses.  You must train continuously and with intent in order to be more.  If your agency allows people to get by with the bare minimum, go train more.  It is this decision and mindset that not only leads to high level skills, but ultimately to an ability to better defend your life or that of a loved one.  It is time to challenge what your fine motor skills are!

 Until we meet on the range or in the classroom, stay safe and Stay in the Fight!

-Fred Mastison