It’s my observation that most people (not all) will never put in the time to get to a basic level of defensive handgun proficiency.

As a pilot, I often see people get excited about flying. They start lessons and then fade away and stop because it’s a lot of damn work to get the license.

It’s the same with shooting.

Yes, I can have a complete beginner in the x-ring straight away (I did this recently with a friend who was 40 and never shot a gun before), but the person will not be able to defend themselves with a handgun.

I’d argue that most police aren’t trained proficiently to do this, and it’s not a fault of their own. Usually, it’s a lack of training budget. The whole “Let’s defund the police” madness doesn’t help either.

Officer Johnathon Oaks enters a room in search of a shooter during the Provost Marshal’s Office’s active shooter training at the Tax Center on Nov. 1, 2011. Fourteen Marine and civilian officers with PMO conducted the training with assistance from members of the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing Military Police Company acting as role players. (Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons)

Let me also go on the record by saying that the police serve a vital role in preserving law and order, which is and ought to be their primary duty.

For the sake of this conversation, I’ll define a defensive shooter as someone who owns a firearm and plans on using it for self-defense.

I’m going to give you some tips below on what you can do to actually become a proficient defensive shooter.