Money is tight, why should I put my small discretionary income toward additional training after I’ve done the minimum to get my permit? A lot of people are asking themselves that question. Why do I need more training?
Shooting is a perishable skill. You need to keep practicing, but if you have only taken basic level instruction, it is possible that you are practicing by standing square to your target and slowly taking shot after shot, looking for the 10 ring. But if you are carrying your firearm for personal defense, will your ability to slow fire at a stationary target help you? Probably not a lot.
Advancing your skills includes learning to safely draw from a holster, reload without looking, scan your area for additional threats, possibly shoot fast, make the shoot/no-shoot decision quickly, shoot under stress, shoot around a barrier…If you already know how to do all that, still take training. There are styles, techniques and tip evolving every day. Sometimes the same information presented in a new way is what you really need.
Train as if your life depends on it…as it someday may.