Going to the range, standing still and shooting at bullseyes is not training for anything other than standing still and shooting at bullseyes. If you stand still and punch a heavy bag 1000 times each morning you are probably going to be a pretty hard hitter but does that mean you can fight? Of course not. But too many gun owners have this fallacy in their heads that 50 rounds through their pistol sent down range means that they now have a set of defense skills that will translate to gun fighting skills. Here are the survival priorities: 1. MINDSET 2. Tactics 3. Skill 4. equipment How many posts on this board are about anything other than #4? What gun should I buy??? My new SKS rocks!!! What knife to carry? How do I get a machine gun? .308 rules and .223 sucks. Look at my new holster. 9mm vs. .357sig vs. .40 vs. .45. And on and on. Sometimes there is a post like, "How do I correct my [insert shooting problem]?" That's priority #3: Skill. The NRA has written volumes on how to shoot tiny groups with pistols while standing still. I'll save you all that reading. There are two "ninja" secrets to shooting pistols well: sight alignment and trigger control. Not breathing. Not stance. Not what sights you have. Not even grip. People want to make the skill of shooting pistols much harder than it actually is. How many threads have there been on Tactics? I sure can't remember very many. When should you do a tac reload in a fight? Should you learn to shoot on the move or one handed or with your off hand or while on your back? Do you need to be concerned with weapons retention and shooting from retention as most attacks happen at close contact distance? What are some good techniques to deescalate a defensive situation rather than cause an escalation in force? Should I scan 360 degrees after a fight? And then there's the number one survival priority: MINDSET. Training for the fight and not the match or the static range. Learning empty hand skills rather than relying only on tools. Staying in the fight after your gun stops working or you have already been shot or stabbed. Carrying a gun all day every day. In short, developing a warrior's mindset. What are your defense priorities?