How much training do you do?

How much training do you do?

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    How much training do you do?

    I live in the country and I carry around my property most of the time. I can draw and dry fire over and over and I practice with and without my laser sites. I try to practice tactical shooting at least twice a week, sometimes with my carry guns and sometimes with a Ruger Mark II, just to save on ammo. I spend way too much time on forums trying to learn and reflect on others information. This is after carrying a weapon for 16 years as part of my job and becoming a NRA instructor. Sometimes I still don't think this is enough. How much is enough, how much do you train?

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    i like to practice draw a lot when i am doing nothing or at my parents house they live in the country and thats where my shooting range is.
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    How much is enough depends on who you're up against I guess. As long as your a better than the enemy, your good enough. Preferably a lot better and a bit of luck don't hurt either.

    Problem is, you never know how good the enemy will be.

    I practice as much as I can find the time and money for ammo and hope for the best.
    When you've got 'em by the balls, their hearts & minds will follow. Semper Fi.

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    I don't go to the range as much as I should go, but...I'll be in an advanced SD handgun class in Aug, and a Threat Focused Shooting class in Sept.
    I think that training is very important to survive in the real world, but nothing can match the adrenaline flow of an actual 'event'...hope it never happens.

    I have purchased the ammo ahead of time (lots of it in 2007/early 2008) so it's not so costly...that's my plan.

    Stay armed...train when you can...stay safe!
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    I don't go to the range on my own much in the summer but go once every two weeks in the winter. I just target shoot from behind the bench.

    All year I shoot defensive pistol (IDPA style) every week.

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    When I am not teaching classes, I am on either at the indoor range, out door range, 3 times a week. Every other weekend I am doing force on force training also to include combative type training also.

    I run my rifle just as much as my pistol.

    I like to train and take a minimum of two classes with someone else every summer.
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    It isn't practice that makes perfect. It is perfect practice that makes perfect. One should eliminate training that exposes one unnecessarily or longer than necessary in a shootout. Training in safety sets muscle memory and determines what happens under stress.
    If you maintain your skills at presenting and squeezing with accuracy, and with clearing stoppage, then you probably have sufficient technique to prevail and should guard against diminishing returns, as above. There's no shame in minimal technique. An expert martial artist may prevail many times using the same minimal technique but using it well.
    This is not to include situational awareness, tactics, use of cover, but just muscle memory. And I hope to benefit from your posts in the future.
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    Not near enough! Yes, the economy, being disabled and some good old fashion lazy habits, seem to keep me grounded far too often. In fact, it's a thread like this that can help me realize that I've got to get off my tail and practice!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Saber View Post
    Not near enough! Yes, the economy, being disabled and some good old fashion lazy habits, seem to keep me grounded far too often. In fact, it's a thread like this that can help me realize that I've got to get off my tail and practice!
    Same here... Of course I just finished an advanced handgun class Sunday...
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    I try to shoot every week. At least twice a month. I practice drawing some at home. Not near enough. Im going to take a defensive pistol class in august.

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    I hit the range about 2 times a month minimum and practice draw at home as much possible (when family is not around).

    Although, I don't feel it's truly enough and am looking into local SD classes.

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    200 rnds practice per mo. w/my EDC, minimum + USPSA & IDPA once per mo; probably 400 rnds per month total.
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    twice a month. except for the last 2 months.
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    A lot... and not enough! The older I get the faster I get slower too.
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    Shooting is important, but tactics are more important.

    Study tactics is my advice. All the shooting in the world won't keep you alive if you just stand there and imitate a bullet sponge.


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