So, how do you know you’re good enough to employ a defensive handgun to effectively save your life? You don’t! You can never know; all you can do is try to be prepared. You need to have a gun. You need to be able to apply it to a problem without shooting yourself. You need to have the proper mindset to pull the trigger if need be. And you need to be able to hit your target.
Consider this: Your worst shot during practice will likely be your best shot when your life is on the line. What? You don’t believe me. Think about all the hunters who miss deer when the deer aren’t even attacking them!
Is there a benchmark of performance you can use to establish your skill level? Sure, there are many.
I like the Forty-Five Drill, where you’re required to draw your handgun from concealment and put five shots into a 5-inch circle at 5 yards in less than 5 seconds.
Another shooting drill you can use is the Failure Drill. Standing 5 yards form the target, draw from concealment and fire two shots into the torso of the target and one shot into the head within 4 seconds.
When you think you’re really getting good, try the Reach Out and Touch Someone Drill. With this drill, you must draw from concealment and fire two shots into a 5-inch circle from 15 yards away within 4 seconds.
Unless you’re already a whiz-bang shooter, by the time you can perform these three drills to standard you will have spent more money on ammo than you did on your carry gun. The most important gear you can purchase is ammo and the worst thing you can do with that gear is not use it. It will not help you at all if you leave it sitting on the shelf while you wait for the smelly stuff to hit the wind generator.