Originally Posted By R0N:
True, but the statement really needs clarification and some caveats.
The accepted standard for someone to establish "muscle memory" and do something automatically under stress is 3000-5000 repetitions. That is hell of a lot of repetitions just to get someone to transition to weak side. Most people who say this will never train enough to get to the point that happens, but they will recite this cudgel time and again. And as the I MEF SOTG guys, who at the time recently had left Det 1 as it disbanded post OIF, who by the way went through an extremely thorough pre-deployment that had them shoots tens of thousands of rounds per man. In their role as instructors they have a finite amount of time and ammunition to train people to apply it real world in the GWOT, so it may not be all that wise an investment to do as many reps in just transitioning to weak side as they are during their whole shooting package.
No disagreement from me at all, if folks are not willing to put in the reps to make it reflexive. For me it depends on how bad I don't want to get shot. I also agree with the muscle memory standard you stated. I would point out that many of those reps can be done DRY fire with live fire to back it up upon visits to the range so it doesn't have to chew up all of your ammo. 5000 reps can be acheived relatively quickly if you break it into relatively frequent but short training sessions. When I was building memory I did 3-5 sessions dry per week about 30 mins per session (just like cardio exercise) and got in draws, reloads, strong/weak barricade, and sight alignment/trigger press all at the same time. I was live firing about twice a month 150 rounds a visit. I am now down to maintenance at 1 session per week dry with 1 session per month live. I try to shoot 50% of my live fire from the support side and 50% for my dominant side to reinforce the behavior.
I didn't mean to imply that it could be done without effort. As with all things training, you get out what you put in.