I like revolvers and I like teaching people how to use them well. It’s only an “arm’s length gun” if you’re incompetent.
The trap of specialization is rampant in martial training, whether it is empty hands or tools. The belief that a narrow focus is the path to mastery will often lead to the problem of “functional fixedness”.
In David Epistien’s book “Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World” uses the 2008 financial collapse as an example of over specialization. He says “legions of specialized groups optimizing risk for their own tiny pieces of the big picture created a catastrophic whole.”
Many believe learning to be linear, in other words a modular progression, and some favor the circular, a continuing cycle of review and depth, both are important, nevertheless a holistic approach, or the master key has the benefit of a quick prioritization of important information allowing adaptation to a new skill. Therefore I am constantly seeking new learning experiences in shooting, and when Claude Werner offered me the…
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“Arms Length”. Maybe not even. Several years ago (the 1980’s) a female Atlanta Police officer, just off duty, near International Blvd, downtown Atlanta, was knocked to the ground by a ‘street person’ with a brick in a paper bag. While holding her down on the sidewalk with his foot, he rummaged through her purse and discovered her ID and revolver. He promptly decided to put her out of his misery, by holding her revolver at arms length and firing all six .38 special rounds directly at her head. The shooting resulted in six divots in the sidewalk. Not a single shot hit her. The sound of the shooting brought other officers to the scene, and the street person was taken into custody for remedial marksmanship training.