the less I ever want to have to use my gun. I'll be 100% honest and say that before I took my CPL and NRA home defense class, I kind of fantasized about one day getting to use my gun to defend myself or someone I love. Really all I can say now is wow, I had a lot of misconceptions about shooting in self defense especially dealing with the law. Our instructor gave us a couple of crazy examples, such as you see a woman get pulled into a van while she's screaming 'rape!'. Do you get involved? My initial response was to intervene if I could do so safely. "It turns out those are two undercover officers arresting a hooker during a sting operation. If you draw on them you've not commited felonious assault on a police officer and obstructing them from doing their duties, and you put your life in risk." So yeah 9/10 times it's probably best to be a good witness and don't put yourself in harm's way if it's avoidable. Also, I probably wouldn't have considered someone with a knife 30 ft away to be a serious threat, but that was also a huge misconception. I got a lot of one-on-one training during my range session because it was just me and one other guy that day. The instructor set me up 10 yards away from a target and the other guy had his hand on my back. When he was ready he would take off running behind me and I would draw from low ready and put two shots center mass into the target. I fired my first shot and he dropped his hat to show where he was at that point. First shot misses and second shot hits and the runner stops. At the first shot he had already ran about 20 feet and it would have missed, by the time I fired the second shot he would have already been on top of me. He ended up about 40 ft away. Other than that I learned a lot about proper mindset and since we brought extra ammo and had lots of spare time we did some moving drills and malfunction drills. This class was 100% worth my money. The instructor was top notch (more than 200 hours of personal training, and he's been teaching for 15 years) and I got a lot of individual attention since there was a low turnout. He's teaching an advanced pistol course in October but I don't know if I'll have enough money to do it that soon. Also this was my first time shooting at defensive distances since my range only has 25 yards and slow fire only. I found that I'm pretty good at it and I'm very interested in IDPA now. I see now why people like ShackleMeNot harp on people so much to get proper training now.