Human Factors Issues in Firearms Design and Training


Hancock, P.A., Hendrick, H.W., Hornick, R., & Paradis, P. (2006). Human factors issues in the design and operation of firearms. Ergonomics in Design14(1), 5-11.

Abstract: guns are tools. Like any other tools, they can be either good or poor at achieving their purpose. Here we look at the design and operation of firearms from a human factors perspective. The unique nature of firearms manufacture, their history, and prolonged use brings to the fore several advantages of considering a user-centered perspective. Observations on standardization, the minimization of negative transfer, and the prevention of inadvertent use argue that the human factors/ergonomics community has much more to contribute to the production of safe and effective future firearms.

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