" I don't even fully remember what she had me do". " I felt that the gun wasn't even loaded, but it was". I think that you need a bit more " awareness" as to what condition your firearm is in, at all times. I realize you may have been a bit nervous(maybe not) but knowing what condition your firearm is in, is of utmost importance, always. IMHO, you need to familiarize yourself with your firearm more, before you start carrying it around. Everybody's practice times are different. Some feel that a couple hundred rds. a year are enough, others shoot thousands of rds. a year. No one can tell you how much range time you think you need. How much range time do YOU think you need. If the firearm is going to stay in your home, versus carrying....I would think that practice time would vastly increase if your going to carry. Personally, I don't see how anyone could CCW a firearm, and not shoot at least 400-500 rds. a year, depending on your backround and prior experience.