Help me understand target practice distance
I am trying to understand why there are people that are practicing at 25 yards with a handgun. I got my CCW in order to protect myself and my family and during the CCW qualification course, it was drilled in the threat had to be immediate and that firing the weapon should be your last option, doing everything possible to avoid pulling and discharging the weapon. At 25 yards, I would consider that out of the range of immediate threat unless they were firing at you. A friend of mine that is LEO and other information out there states that most threats come at you from between 3-10 ft. I practice at a maximum of 21 feet and have only shot at 15 yards during my CCW qualification, hitting the center mass of the target but not the tight groups at 21 ft and closer. I want to be consistent at those ranges and see no need to go past 15 yards when shooting.
If I'm missing something here, I'd like to understand the logic. I'm in my 50's and even at 15 yds the target seems a long ways off, much less 25 yards.
Self defense means up close and personal!
I agree, in that using a handgun wayyyyy out there is for fun or competition shooting. You are correct, statistically the vast majority of self defense shootings occur within 10 feet + or -. My LE training was up close and personal. To this day, my shooting range is between 20-45 feet. Besides, any dirtbag criminal defense attorney would love to get someone on the stand and ask them to explain why he shot his dirtbag client from 100 feet away. Not me! Stay within your short comfort range and you'll do fine.