Fact of the matter is, most one-on-one gunfights take place at close range. This requires a unique, often under-utilized skill set to ensure accurate and effective fire.

Despite the sluggish economy, the sale of firearms remains especially strong. A large percentage of these firearms are pistols and revolvers purchased by individuals interested in personal defense.

It has been my observation that many folks go out and purchase a top-quality handgun and support gear but don’t follow through with the next logical step. When I came on as a law enforcement officer, I received a very thorough indoctrination in the use of the defensive handgun, plus frequent maintenance training throughout the rest of my career. Private citizens are not afforded the same advantage. Exactly where do you get your firearms training?

One may not always have a chance to set his or her position before firing. It’s important to practice firing comfortably from a variety of orientations and positions.

While there are all sorts of books and videos on defensive pistolcraft, I consider them an adjunct rather than a replacement for hands-on training with a knowledgeable instructor. But just because someone professes to be a firearms instructor, a closer examination is recommended before you make an investment in time or money. With over 900 private sector training institutions operating here in the U.S., it’s no easy task separating the legitimate schools from the “wannabes.”

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