My range doesn't allow drawing your weapon from a holster, nor rapid fire. Plus their closest targets are 7 yards.
So I practice by picking the gun up off the bench, taking the safety off, and getting the first shot on target. Once I got to the point where I can pick up the gun from various positions and hit the target accurately on first shot, I felt more comfortable.
I also practice at a gravel pit near my grandmother in law's house. Then I can do draw and multiple shot drills, and I do most of them at 5 to 7 yards, my goal being to empty a magazine quickly but on target, and being able to reload from my carry position and maintain accuracy.
While at home, I double and triple check that I have an empty chamber, and practice drawing and getting on target often. Many times while sitting on the couch, and also when going from room to room. Usually this is done when I'm alone or when everyone else is in bed, and the weapon is always pointed in a safe direction, and I keep my trigger discipline in check.
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I guess it depends on your reason for carrying, but I think its dumb to not train like you would fight in a real life scenario. If your engaging an active shooter in the mall your going to have to aim past/between people.
I disagree. If you're in an active shooter situation, your priority is not to take down the shooter, especially if there are civilians between you and the shooter. Your priority is SELF defense. You are responsible for every bullet you fire, and if one of them hits a non combatant, you're going to jail for manslaughter.
You do not shoot if your shot is not clear. Period. Your priority in an active shooter situation is to defend yourself, not everyone else. Watch that video of folks practicing an aggressive active shooter. Not a single one shot past other people, and 3 out of 4 got shots on target. Only 2 "won" because they had the shooter wearing body armor, but still, you don't go in guns blazing like a movie. You shoot close.
Way, way too much potential to shoot/kill some innocent person otherwise.