Ok! Here are some follow up thought on “GUN” ownership. In addition to carrying the weapon daily, I would suggest you practice your stance as well as drawing and presenting the weapon before you ever even set foot on the range and start shooting. If you cannot get your firearm out of the holster and pointing at the threat, then it serves no purpose. Buy yourself a blue or red training firearm and do drills everyday. Practice drawing while standing, kneeling, sitting, and in any other position which you think you might find yourself. Practically speaking, you should complete 20 hours of practice before ever shooting a firearm. Firearm deployment and handling are two the most important skills that you can learn in the dry-fire environment. Once you reach the 20 hour mark, it is time to practice these same skills with your real weapon. Make sure your firearm is safely cleared and empty. The feeling will be different because of the weight of the weapon. JUST DO IT. Spend another 20 hours before launching the first round down range.
I cannot stress enough learning realistic empty-hand self-defense techniques. The first step is to defend yourself. What if you cannot get to the firearm right away? Once you have stopped or deflected the initial assault, then you can deploy your weapon system. It is so important that you learn realistic techniques that have been pressured-tested. For simplicity’s sake, WWII combatives are great. Learn them well and they will serve you in a crisis situation. Practice deploying the firearm after the initial assault. Deployment must be fast, so practice, practice and practice some more.
Okay, now it is time to learn to actually shoot the weapon. My recommendation is to train with no less than three different firearms instructors. Find a civilian NRA instructor, a police firearms instructor, and a SWAT firearms instructor, and train with all of them. Listen and learn. They will all teach you differently, but that is advantageous to you. If you are fortunate enough to find a Federal Air Marshal firearms instructor, seize the opportunity to train with him. FAMs know concealed carry, they are expert close-range shooters and they are truly the most highly skilled firearms instructors in the Federal Government.
For the first couple of months, try to shoot at least several hundred rounds per month. Do not just launch lead down range. Use the drills that all the instructors taught you and practice them religiously. Accuracy is final! It is your duty to learn to shoot as accurately as possible. A good standard is to draw and fire three rounds in 5 seconds at 5 yards. Your target is a 3X5 index card. Once you accomplish this, your skills are sound. But don’t get lazy. Keep practicing—you want these skills sharp if race day ever comes.