When you guys go to the range, what are your goals? What do you set out to accomplish with each range visit? Each shooter may have different objectives. For instance, a large majority of people I see at the range will take a perfectly good rifle, and do nothing more than benchrest it and see how tight a group they can make, range trip after range trip. Some shooters just like the sound of discharging firearms, so they expend ammunition as quickly as possibly, without regard as to whether or not they are attaining anything resembling accuracy. Others still try to be quick and accurate at the same time, but are totally locked into the same routine. Some don't seem to have any purpose there at all. My goal with this thread is to maybe make people think about what they go to the range for, and get people to throw that little switch in their brains that tells them to change their outlook on what they're at the range for. When I go to the range, it's fun. I have a blast doing it, as should any shooter. Practice should not be uncomfortable, unless you're a liberal, and your flesh burns upon contact with firearms. But even while having fun shooting, I have a purpose. My purpose at the range is to become more efficient, more effective, and more deadly. Firearms are tools, but when it comes down to it, the application they are best suited for is killing motherfuckers. If you shelter yourself from this, then you are in the wrong mindset for firearm ownership. When I shoot, whether it's static shooting from a fixed firing line, or dynamic shooting on an open range, my goal is to become better than the person(s) that I might run into that want(s) to kill me or someone I love. Target shooting is fine and dandy. After all, you have to start somewhere, and get down the basics of marksmanship, but you have to, at some point, move on past that. This thread is really more of a mindset thread. The vast majority of shooters do not have the mindset to practice killing people. It's just too gruesome a thought or something. Instead, they put up a round bullseye target at whatever distance, and shoot from the bench, or they try to show off to their friends, or they just "bust caps" in an inanimate piece of pressed wood fibers, never thinking about the real-world applications of the skills that they COULD be practicing. Everyone should make a resolution this New Year's to take some sort of training to improve their skills and mindset concerning defensive firearm implementation. Instead of buying a new gadget or piece of cool-guy gear, spend that money on training. Don't just take the required training to get your carry permit (if your state requires such). Don't just take an NRA safety course. Take a two-day class at least. Take several classes this coming year. You might have to skip out on some fun stuff for a while. You might have to sacrifice some lunch money for a month or two. But think about what you'll gain in return. Actually, if you've never taken a good defensive firearms class, you have no idea what it'll do for you. It will change your world. If you have any questions or concerns, or just want to know where to start, post in here. Someone will answer you and point you in the right direction. Location should not be an excuse. Not only are classes available in about every one of the 50 states, but you can always drive. PT and areed have come all the way to GA from MI for classes. Many times, you can sponsor the class yourself, and shoot for free. You just have to want it, and put forth the effort to make it happen. Which is the same thing for training in general.