For most of us, Math was definitely NOT our best subject in school!! So…before we begin this post, please don’t let the title scare all of you math professors! Although we will be talking the economy, we won’t be talking supply, demand, or derivatives! This post is about the Economy of Motion as it pertains to shooting and the shooting sports.
Most simply put…..economy of motion can be described as completing the most amount of work while applying the least amount of effort. In effective shooting, it is all about economy of motion. As with anything in the world of shooting: practice and training is imperative. To learn what is most effective in your economy of motion, you should initially start out with slow and deliberate movements. The underlying premise is that by initially moving slow, shooters are able to learn the most efficient way to manipulate their hands (shooting hands or support hands) to the firearm while drawing from a holster, or moving while loading magazines from tactical storage to the firearms’ magazine well on a reload. When shooters use slow dry fire practice, they are able to perfect their economy of motion in an environment that they can control.
As shooters develop their own consistent economy of motion it’s time to pick up the speed!! This is probably the hardest transition for most shooters in the training process. When practicing slow and steady, it becomes habit, and speed is an afterthought. But in a defensive situation, slow and steady won’t work. In order to perfect your economy of motion, and make it usable for a defensive situation you will undoubtedly have to add speed to your regimen. It is important to note that as you pick up your speed make sure that your motions remain consistent.
At PSA our main focus is to make sure that you stay fixed within your training regimen. We don’t just practice speed shooting, and we don’t just practice executing ideal motions. By effectively mixing our training with efficient movements and speed, we are able to develop economies of motion that can be used to save the lives of our loved ones and ourselves if the situation calls for it.
*** If you are unfamiliar with firearms and/or their accessories, and want to learn more, PSA strongly suggests that you find, enroll, and attend a comprehensive and reputable firearms safety course. Firearms safety is all of OUR responsibility.
We want to thank you for taking out the time to stop by our lane at the shooting range!! We hope that you enjoyed your stay and hope that you stop back by early and often to catch up on all PSA updates! We truly hope that we were able to hit the target, and if you ever have any questions please don’t hesitate to shoot them our way!! We look forward to shooting the breeze with you soon again!!
And as always….remember to watch your six and stay low!!!