Shooting is a skill that many people want to learn. Unfortunately, without regular practise, your shooting skills may lessen, and gun carriers often wonder how much time they should be spending at the shooting range. The short answer is as much as possible, but a person should actually go with sufficient frequency to retain their shooting skills. Ideally, a person will also practise shooting skills enough to keep them sharp. Additionally, time is never really wasted at the shooting range, as many people attend for stress relief as well as honing their shooting skills.
Prior to having a concealed carry licence, most states require you to undertake training. Some states need a qualification, where you shoot for a score and either pass or fail. When you renew your permit, you will usually have to re-qualify. You’re going to have to train for your pistol to do that, which means you’re going to have to go to the shooting range.
How often should I attend the firing range to practise?
It is logical that shooting capacity is something that the average gun carrier desires, so how often should shooting practise occur? As much as realistically possible. Granted, what’s realistically possible is subjective; once or twice a week is enough for some people, and once every few months is more like it for others.
The truth, however, is that shooting skills are perishable, like many other skills. Much like people have to work out frequently to maintain their fitness, your shooting ability should be practiced out reasonably regularly to maintain your skills and aim with a gun. Maybe not so often that the life of a person is consumed by going to the range – although there are definitely worse hobbies to have – but often enough to maintain aiming and shooting competence.
While the exact frequency needed to do so might be a topic of some controversy, resolution is something like once or twice a month. It’s not so often that the average person can’t get out and do it, but it’s not so uncommon that it will decrease any capacity gained by doing so. Whether you’re learning to shoot as a hobby or for self defence reasons, it doesn’t work out to be an expensive trip to the shooting range, particularly if a person only uses a box or two of ammo with each trip.
You need to learn to improve both pace and accuracy to acquire competence to protect yourself. This will mean having to start with consistent accuracy at combat distances for many shooters and then improve pace.
As starting points, standard shooting distances for realistic shooting are 3, 5, 7 and 10 yards. Some proficiency has been acquired by shooters who can bring 10 rounds into a 5-inch bullseye at 10 yards; those who can do so have achieved reasonable proficiency in just a few seconds. So, if you can bring all 10 rounds out of the holster in less than 6 seconds in that area, you’re very good.
In short, once or twice a month should be sufficient to keep honing your skills, but if you would like to practise more often, then that’s absolutely fine too!