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Most civilian self-defense shootings take place in low light – as do officer involved shootings. Many firefights in combat occur during night hours.
So why do we spend most of our time at the range during the day, in perfect light?
It’s not always easy to find a place to shoot at night. Many ranges are only open for normal business hours. Military and police shooters sometimes have ranges available at night, but administrative requirements can slow the pace of training significantly.
If you can’t remember the last time you shot at night, you owe it to yourself to find a way to do so. Without constant practice, night shooting skills will deteriorate rapidly.
On the Internet, or in a gun store, everyone shoots a lot. In the real world, probably not so much. What does this mean?
It’s easy to brag about how much you shoot when no one can verify the numbers. Shooting costs a lot of money – not just ammo, but replacing worn or broken parts, range time, and so on.
Some of the astronomical numbers that I’ve heard people say they shoot simply make me laugh out loud. Recently, a gun store employee friend told me about a customer who bragged about shooting 5,000 rounds of 5.56 per week. That’s about $1800 a week just for ammo, not to mention the sheer amount of time spent shooting. Now, maybe he has a massive amount of money to spend on ammo and he doesn’t mind doing the same thing over and over again, but in all likelihood, he doesn’t even shoot a fraction of that amount.
When it comes to determining exactly how much you actually shoot, there is no reason other than pride to inflate the number. Skills can be maintained, and even improved upon, with very modest investments of time and money. Successful range sessions might only consist of 50 rounds, and yet as long as your goals are achieved, you are doing just fine.
It’s far better to improve your skills with 50 rounds than it is to shoot 500 just to brag about it.