There are several reasons people buy firearms, namely for self defense, hunting, and shooting sports (although not necessarily in that order). Today we will address self-defense. There is a wide range of experience levels of those who shoot, ranging from I just shot a gun for the first time , to I’ve been shooting all my life.
Whether you’re in the former category, or the latter, it never hurts to practice on a regular basis, as the only way to really master something is by repetition.
If you want to get better at shooting (or anything else for that matter), it takes practice, practice, practice. Especially in regards to self-defense, a handgun or rifle is not going to be much use to you in an emergency if you’re not fully confident of how to use it or if you can’t hit anything with it.
Even for the experts who deal with emergencies every day, they will tell you an emergency situation requires significant training to handle properly. When you have significant training, you don’t have to think about acting, you fall back on your training and know instinctively how to respond.