If you have ever taken any intro management course, you have probably come across the name Frederick Winslow Taylor. I’m sure the same could be said for an intro industrial engineering class. Taylor is considered the father of scientific management and was one of the first management consultants. He brought a systematic study of tasks (time and motion studies) to the efforts to improve industrial efficiencies. He was concerned with stuff like the size of a shovel and how big a scoop a worker should take of coal for optimum efficiency.
So what does a late 19th and early 20th century management consultant have to do with shooting? Watch the NSSF video below featuring champion Cowboy Action shooter Jim “Long Hunter” Finch. Listen to him discuss ways to cut down your time in competition with emphasis on how you pick up the rifle, how you shoulder the rifle, and how you lay it back down on the table. If that isn’t a time and motion study I don’t know what is.
Jim, from what I understand, is a gunsmith and a shooting instructor but his explanations of how and why he does things in SASS competition could teach an industrial engineer a thing or two.