The fallacy of indexing


Editor's Note: PoliceOne would like to thank our friends at the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors (IALEFI) for an excellent conference in West Palm Beach, Florida last week.  Watch for upcoming coverage of the event on P1TV, and in the meantime, we present this article by PoliceOne Firearms Contributor Jeff Hall, which originally appeared in The Firearms Instructor, the IALEFI magazine. 

By Jeff Hall

By now, most firearms instructors in the country are aware of Dr. Enoka’s study. Enoka identified three specific mental/physical situations that would cause an involuntary press of a trigger, IF the finger were on the trigger: startle response, postural instability, and overflow effect. If you have not read Dr. Enoka’s research, you should do so, immediately.

Most of the police departments where I teach use the four basic firearms safety rules. Originally created by Col. Jeff Cooper at Gunsite, these four simple rules, if followed, preclude anyone from being injured by a firearm. They are:

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