Pistol shooting accuracy as dependent on experience, eyes being opened and available viewing time

Ravindra S. Goonetilleke, Errol R. Hoffmann, Wing Chung Lau

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    Abstract

    A study of the shooting accuracy of three groups of pistol shooters is reported. The groups included (i) experienced gas pistol shooters; (ii) persons with experience in video shooting games; and (iii) persons with no shooting experience. The viewing time was varied in the tests. The results showed that experience had a significant effect on the mean and root mean square (RMS) shooting errors at the target. The results also showed that the viewing time does not need to exceed about 2 s for an experienced pistol shooter and about 3 s for a novice shooter to reach the best performance. Two models for the effects of limited viewing time are proposed; both models fit the data well when the viewing time is less than about 2 s. The results indicated that the differences occurring with varying levels of experience are due to postural balance and not due to the aiming or cognitive component of the task.

    Original languageBritish English
    Pages (from-to)500-508
    Number of pages9
    JournalApplied Ergonomics
    Volume40
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    StatePublished - May 2009

    Keywords

    • Accuracy model
    • Aiming
    • Elite shooter
    • Gun alignment
    • Information processing
    • Novice shooter
    • Pistol
    • Postural balance
    • Rifle
    • Shooting
    • Stability
    • Visual feedback

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