I don't know about how the rest of you practice with your firearms but unfortunately most of my shooting time is limited to a"target" shooting range which has lots of restrictions on how I can shoot (no draws from a holster, stationary targets at set ranges, x number of rounds in mag. etc). While this is great for safety, sighting in, and learning the basics I generally don't think its a good way to improve your defensive shooting skills. About a month ago I attend a 10 hour shooting clinic that included defense handgun skills, live fire judgmental shooting in a simulator house, and a night fire course. We shot from standing, moving, cover, squat, and prone positions. Targets were stationary, moving and moving dual target (1 bad guy 1 good guy). The best part about the training was that the weather was terrible. High of the day was 45, winds 10-15 mph, rain all day and night, and even some sleet. Here are some of my take aways from that training: 1. Practice with all your gear in all kinds of environments - I knew that but this class really drove it home. Its one thing to use a speed-loader at the range on a nice sunny day - another when its dark, wet, and your hands are cold and you are laying in the mud. 2. Have a back up - be that gun, knife, light or what ever - My shooting partner's gun stopped functioning due to mud in the middle of an exercise. A back up gun would have been nice just then. Some one in class gave a great quote. "Two is one - one is none -always carry a back-up" 3. Practice with all your gear in all kinds of environments - I thought I knew how my gear would operate. Example: My flashlight is great for in the house and lighting up a 20 foot hallway but was only adequate to light up a suspect outside in the rain at 25 yards. 4. Night sites are more than a nice to have - Trying to aim in the dark when you can't see you sites is not fun (but it can be done). After this training I think night sites are worth the extra cost. 5. Revolvers are still not out of date - (He says with a smile) I was the only revolver shooter (Taurus 627Ti) in the group. Yes, a little slow to reload but I was able to keep up with everyone else and did not have any malfunction issues. Every semi in the group (14 other shooter) had at least one malfunction during the day. Three were down for most of the day. My Taurus loved the mud and the water. After going through all of this I don't think I can go back to standard "range" shooting. Now I am trying to incorporate what I have learned within the restrictions at the range. I would like to hear from others out there on how you may have done this.