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Importance of Muscle Memory Training in Shooting Accuracy Under Extreme Stress

With many sports and activities, muscle memory is often a term that is associated. Especially in high-stress situations, professional athletes, musicians, and even construction workers rely heavily on muscle motor skill retention to perform their best. Generally traditional firearms training and CCW classes don’t focus on helping shooters master muscle memory though they do teach the fundamentals of shooting a gun, responsible gun ownership, and all the laws associated with carrying a concealed weapon. Today, we at Shooting Range Industries would like to stress the importance of muscle memory training.

Muscle Memory Can Save Your Life

To instill efficiency and speed into a shooter’s techniques, muscle memory can help. In a way that becomes second nature, it can allow them to master safe handling techniques. For individuals using guns as a form of self-defense or on-the-job as a law enforcement professional, muscle memory can mean the difference between life and death while that might not seem valuable to hobbyists.

Muscle Memory in Extreme Stress Situations

A body is not conditioned to know how to react to a stressful situation properly. It’s not uncommon for the body to freeze up and panic under a given situation’s immense stress, especially when it comes to a hazardous situation. The gun is only as good as the shooter, though unpracticed shooters may feel they are protected just by carrying a gun. Without practice, it is virtually impossible to be able to assess a situation, remain calm, determine shot placement, before pulling a gun from a concealed position, and get a clear sight picture. It happens quickly in most self-defense situations, and to make a life-altering decision as it only leave the shooter fractions of a second. It doesn’t mean their body will automatically respond in a timely and effective manner even if a shooter is well-versed in the correct protocol. It is not enough to simply know the right thing to do in a stressful situation. During a high-stress situation can cause a temporary loss of fine motor skills, auditory exclusion, and tunnel vision, the increased heart rate and rush of adrenaline. To think rationally is made impossible with these symptoms. The only way for a shooter to efficiently and safely respond during a stressful situation is muscle memory. To take over in a high-stress situation, it takes practice, repetition, and proper training to give a body the fuel it needs. The body can establish vital neurological pathways that allow shooters to take action without missing a beat through repetition and firearms training. For all aspects of a weapon’s operation, this means building muscle memory. All of these things will impact execution, from drawing from concealment to manipulating safety devices. For anyone who needs to perform when the pressure is on, muscle memory is a powerful tool. Though it is also beneficial for qualification courses, competitions, and challenges, developing muscle-memory is invaluable for law enforcement officers and CCW license holders.

Custom Modular Shooting Ranges for Firearm Practice & Training

In an environment that promotes proper technique, you can develop muscle memory. When it comes to building muscle memory, mastering proper technique is critical. It will only make it harder to build confidence in high-stress situation by developing muscle memory through incorrect techniques. In order to build muscle memory is the best course of action for any shooter, training with reputable and experienced instructors in an environment designed for safety is essential. Be sure to utilize a shooting range to develop and to build muscle memory. Call Shooting Range Industries to learn more about our custom range designs today!

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