One could argue that because muscle has no cognitive functionality, that it does not really have memory. That being said, what is really meant when the term ‘muscle memory’ is being used?
As with any skill that requires the use of human physical motor skills, the more we practice a repetitive action, the more it seems that we don’t have to think about what we’re doing. Whether it is learning how to walk, run, ride a bicycle, ride a motorcycle, or performing more strenuous movements like gymnastics or martial arts, the repetitive use of a muscle controlled movement can eventually be performed with little to no thought. Therefore, the term ‘muscle memory’ is used to describe the state or condition in which the action to perform a physical movement or series of connected physical movements, can be performed without much thought.
Skillfully shooting a firearm is no different. The act of pulling a trigger doesn’t take much thought, but to make sure the bullet reaches its intended destination requires repetitive practice of the fundamental principles of marksmanship. Depending on the function for which the firearm is being used, the fundamental principles of marksmanship (Aiming, Hold Control, Breath Control, Trigger Control and Follow Through) can be applied in various ways. Whether it is recreational shooting, hunting, or for self-defense, the application of the fundamentals must be consistent for any particular discipline in order to be consistently effective in that discipline. Shooting marksmanship is a perishable skill.
So, … When was the last time you went to the range to practice the fundamentals of marksmanship? Can’t make it to the range as often as you’d like? Remember, dry-practice (a.k.a. dry-fire practice) is a great way to keep your marksmanship skills honed and ready.
As a friendly reminder, whenever practicing or handling firearms, remember;
Firearm Safety is YOUR Responsibility!
Here are the 4 Universal Guns Safety Rules for your reference:
- ALL guns are ALWAYS loaded
- ALWAYS keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction. NEVER let the muzzle cover anything you don’t intend to destroy.
- ALWAYS keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot.
- ALWAYS be sure of your target, what’s in front and behind it.