Random Thoughts: A Mindful Miscellany

from Marcus Wynne

Random Thoughts On Blog Comments And Lack Thereof; and The Difference Between A Course Of Fire and a Neural-Based Training Embedded In Firearms Use

with 3 comments

Seems there are some misconceptions about the neural-based shooting exercise I posted. Instead of answering e-mails individually I’ll just comment here. Your e-mails and names aren’t posted publicly when you comment here unless you choose to. Don’t be bashful about posting questions and comments. Most of the e-mail questions I get are questions other people might be interested in too. It saves me time and energy to reply once on the blog instead of multiple times via e-mail.

What I posted is not intended as a course of fire for competition, qualification or even a “practice” routine for developing a skill set (though it can be used as such, as long as we don’t lose track of what it was developed for).

It’s intended to take a number of practitioners with a common skill set (though they are at varying levels of competency with that skill) and take their BRAINS (i.e. neurological, cognitive, physiological including motor processes) through a series of activities (framed in shooting as that’s the desired end-state for the skill) intended to REWIRE the neural processes that support the skill of fluidly shifting handgun from hand to hand and engaging targets accurately and quickly while under stress.

1) I’ve been writing about this stuff since the 90s. There’s over 300,000+ words on various internet forums and that’s not even beginning to count all that’s on this blog. Go read if you want more detail.

2) There’s a big difference between writing (or talking) about changing brain-based processes, and actually doing it. My focus is on doing it. I design a process, you do it, you get the change and with shooting you can measure it: speed and accuracy are quantifiable. That’s why 25 years ago I started my research within the context of shooting. The outcome of that 100 round neural-based training process can be measured subjectively (the experience of fluidity or ease) as well as objectively (accuracy and speed). So just do it. It either works for you or it doesn’t. 100% of the people who do it get some measure of improvement. If I stick your head in a scanner or wire you up I can show you the brain changes. Since that’s not an option for you use the metrics identified above. If it works for you, keep it. If it doesn’t, throw it away.

3) On neural-based training for firearms: developing firearms training designed to not only work with the way the brain processes information best but to rewire the brain to use that training while under threat-to-life stress is an evolution. If you don’t understand where firearms training came from, or where it is today measured against the common standards of adult education, it can be hard to understand the jump in evolution or the significance of the approach. It’s not necessary for you to have any kind of intellectual understanding about neurology/cognition/brain physiology/anatomy to improve your performance; you work through the designed processes/exercises and you improve. Or you don’t. Period.

Don’t take my word for it. Try it and measure it yourself. The more stress you put yourself under the more your improvement will come out.

The next post:

Von Steuben and the 18th Century Pedagogy of Firearms Training vs. 21st Century Andragogy, or How to Teach A 21st Century Adult and Not A 18th Century Idiot Peasant (Even Allowing For Achy Men)

Written by marcuswynne

March 30, 2015 at 10:32 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

3 Responses

Subscribe to comments with RSS.

  1. Hello Mr. Wynne,

    I apologize if this is not the appropriate place, but I have been wondering if you have any advice about curing the dreaded recoil anticipation or “flinch”. I have developed a nasty flinch that I can’t seem to shake. I don’t think I used to have such a severe problem with it. It’s getting to the point that I feel like any practice I do is just reinforcing the problem long term.

    I shoot outside, using ear plugs and muffs. I’ve tried ball and dummy type drills. They seem less helpful than I would have hoped. I also seem to get worse as round count increases. My cold performance usually seems better than when I have “warmed up”. I am often able to shoot a Ruger .22 into about a 4 inch 5 shot group, freestyle, at 25 yards. When I use a 9mm pistol I often get “flinchy fliers” that open up my groups to like 8 or 10 inches, sometime more.

    In my case I can shoot my handguns right at my house, and I have tools and materials(carpenter) that I could build almost any course of fire that I could imagine(not that it’s doing me much good right now).

    Lately I have been thinking about foregoing any type of drills in favor of just shooting one or two rounds, every hour that I am home during daylight hours. My hope is that such frequent repetition would inoculate me against the problem and I could conquer it through familiarity, but I don’t want it to backfire and ingrain my flinch right into my bones.

    Hoping for some advice on how to start rewiring my brain and stop wasting ammo.


    March 31, 2015 at 3:50 am

    • Hey dude: first, check in with Claude Werner at Tactical Professor: https://tacticalprofessor.wordpress.com and/or Greg Ellifritz at http://www.activeresponsetraining.net they’re both as good as it gets for shooting remediation. Give me some time to respond to this as the answer is lengthy and takes significantly longer to write than it does to do in real time.


      April 17, 2015 at 10:20 pm

      • Thanks for the reply.

        I have been subscribed to tacticalproffessor for some time now. Claude and the late Paul Gomez are the two people I have relied on more than anybody when it comes to learning about defensive firearms topics on the internet. Claude’s articles about safety, realistic planning, negative outcomes, OODA ect. have really changed my outlook.

        I was going to sign up for a class with Paul just before he passed. Then my father’s health nosedived and I had other priorities up until his death last year. As a result I still don’t have any quality firearms training worth mentioning. I plan on addressing the training issue this summer, but would like to do what I can in the meantime.

        Looking forward to your thoughts when you have time.


        April 18, 2015 at 12:18 am

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: