Shooting With the Mind’s Eye

When the history of firearms training is written 100 years from now, one of the classic influences cited will be the 1994 (or 1995) Shooting With The Mind’s Eye article written by Marcus Wynne, published in Combat Handguns (and published by the only person who probably would have published it back then, the CH’s enigmatic then-editor Harry Kane).  It caused a mini-storm then among the leading-edge (not the same as the “leading”) firearms instructors, yet it has fallen into obscurity since.  Despite describing techniques used by professional athletes and world-class operators in fields as diverse as race car driving and business operations for years, it was published before its time.  These days the world is ready for the ideas presented therein, and Marcus – through his firm Accentus-Ludus, and others in the cognitive neuroscience-based performance enhancement field, are capitalizing and bringing to market these ideas, focusing on military applications.

In case you missed it 20 years ago, here are download links (sorry, the best form I have the article in is two separate pdf files):

Mind’s Eye pg 1

Mind’s Eye pg 2

4 thoughts on “Shooting With the Mind’s Eye

  1. Thanks, Ralph! That’s quite the walk down memory lane. I do remain surprised at how many people remember that article. Those simple techniques dramatically improve performance in shooting, especially when coupled to a kinesthetic skills rehearsal (fancy language for instead of sitting and visualizing, stand up with your eyes closed and go through your visualization physically, like with your unloaded and safe weapon) and do the same thing with your mindfulness meditation to reinforce physical skills (that is, don’t just sit and run it through your mind, stand and move through it, even if you can’t do the whole thing…) a European race car champion I coached to his multiple best ever times in races and his best winning season visualized every inch of the track he raced on, and moved his body in the same way he would in his car at 180mph. A champion mountain bike racer did the same thing while she had her eyes closed and ate a red apple; by the time she was finished she had “walked through” the entire course. And some seasoned operators I knew when they were young do the same thing when processing tactical intelligence on an entry or operation — visualizing the entire operation and walking it through physically and visually, from boarding the a/c to insertion to breach to entry to clear to final consolidation and exploitation….the whole thing. You don’t have to run the actual physical distance, visualize it and fire the motor muscles off…it translates. Only been working for top performers for centuries, LOL….

    Thanks for digging that up, my friend!

    cheers, m


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