We often talk about the benefits of competition shooting, like IDPA. While we understand that it is a shooting sport, it does teach great skills that can be used in a defensive situation.
When you first attend the practice shots, you will probably learn that it is much more difficult that handle a firearm while moving, under stress, and while the targets are moving.
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