The Shooter’s Delusion – Your Brain Decieves You! (Updated Version)

Think you’ve seen the subject of marksmanship discussed from every angle there is? Well, you’ve likely not seen the angle this video explores. We will take a dive into brain science and discover that what we see is not really what’s there at the instant in time we are in. We can use this slightly disturbing truth to understand why certain shooting methods yield the best results.

Much of our perception is a creation of the brain, based on projection of what it calculates the world will be like a short time after your eyes pick something up. This is necessary to deal with objects moving too fast for our visual senses to process rapidly enough. To compensate for lack of processing speed, the brain instead projects an image of where it predicts objects will a tenth of a second after it initially detects their movement.

This image of the future the brain creates gives you the illusion of seeing things in real time when you aren’t. It works very well for objects moving in ways the brain can predict, but fails utterly when dealing with unpredictable motion, which is exactly what the sights of your rifle and handgun do; wavering around randomly as you try to hold steady.

Understanding this aspect of our brain’s way of dealing with random motion has important ramifications when it comes to shooting technique and this video explains how best to work with that hand we’ve been dealt.

DISCLAIMER: My videos are strictly for documentary, educational, and entertainment purposes only. Imitation or the use of any acts depicted in my videos is solely AT YOUR OWN RISK. All work on firearms should be carried out by a licensed individual and all state, provincial and federal rules apply to such. I (including YouTube) will not be held liable for any injury to yourself or damage to your firearms resulting from attempting anything shown in any of my videos. I do not endorse any specific product and this video is not an attempt to sell you a good or service. I am not a gun store and DO NOT sell or deal in firearms. Such a practice is heavily regulated and subject to applicable laws. I DO NOT sell parts, magazines, or firearms. These videos are free to watch and if anyone attempts to charge for this video notify me immediately. By viewing this video you are acknowledging the above.

Fair Use: In the rare instance I include someone else’s footage, that is covered in Fair Use for Documentary and Educational purposes with the intention of driving commentary and allowing freedom of speech.

Share this:
Notify of
oldest most voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments