If you carry regularly for your job or as a licensed citizen there are several things to consider when you practice at the range.  It is far too easy to get caught up in the trap of just blazing away.  When you go to the range think about shooting that makes sense.  You need to practice with purpose.  Just hosing rounds down range won’t make you better.  You need perfect practice.

  1. Practice with the rig you will wear.  A level 3 holster demands much more than your off duty holster.  Your concealment garment should be worn to familiarize the draw stroke.
  2. Practice reloads.  Load a mag with one or two rounds shoot then reload.
  3. Practice drawing and shooting.  Start with a full mag.  Draw and shoot one round.  Reholster.  Continue this for a full mag.  Then draw and shoot twice.  Spend time where it counts.
  4. If you are crazy enough or unfortuante enough to have gun with a decocker, practice the above mentioned drill decocking each time.
  5. Slow down more than you think is necessary and make sure your form is good.

You don’t have to practice by shooting thousands of rounds.  You have to practice in a way that makes sense.  If you want to get really crazy, take a class or shoot IDPA.

By the way, if you are an L/E you owe it to yourself to get out and shoot.  Please don’t let yourself say things like, “I have a badge.  I’m an expert.”  Or worse, “I qaulified in the 90’s.  I don’t need to shoot again for another 6 months.”  Go to and IDPA match and see where most of the cops place.  It isn’t at the top.  You owe it to yourself and your family to get out to the range this week.