I have never made the commitment to devote the necessary time and effort to real self defense skills, for several reasons. I do manage to practice marksmanship enough to shoot reasonably well, and I seem to have a kind of natural ability to notice things 'out of the ordinary.' If I should I ever need to defend myself or others with a gun, I'm obviously going to need a good bit of luck. But at least I maintain an option to fight, rather than simply handing over the decision about whether I live or die to some low-life predator. I do hope, at some point, to elevate my practice routine to something approaching actual 'training,' but it isn't do-able, at the present time.