Shooters that truly understand efficiency know that every movement (or lack thereof) must have a purpose. Sweeping away a cover garment, the “work space” during a reload, and the way the gun clears the holster during a draw. Efficiency is what makes a decent action seem fast. It is what truly separates the good from the great, and it is jaw dropping efficiency that makes you say “smooth”, when you see a shooter conducting a flawless drill in an impressive time. Efficiency takes more than practice; it takes hard work conceived over thousands of hours of practice. That practice consisting of both dry and live fire drills learned from competent instruction.
A strong economy is the “toolbox” of techniques that a shooter draws from for the various situations a shooter may encounter. A shooter recognizing that there will be setbacks (recessions), is a maturation of practice and experience…you only get it by getting out and learning by pulling the trigger. Having a strong economy when it comes to shooting is also having the ability to recognize what works for you. Whether that be a new technique shown during a class that doesn’t hit home until you later practice it on your own, or having the understanding that a technique may be worse for you than the housing bubble of 2008. An economical shooter is not scared of a new technique during practice; it is the willingness to take a step back to get two steps ahead as that minor economic recession will ultimately make the shooter permanently more efficient.
The two terms economy and efficiency should be used to show two separate concepts that are used to help individual shooters achieve their goals. It is important that shooters develop their economy to ultimately become more efficient. As shooters gain experience they should hopefully recognize that efficiency is derived from a healthy economy that needs to stay strong and continue to grow so as not to turn a temporary recession into an outright depression of skills development.