duanet made some comments about shooting on the Basic Equipment Thread that needs to be enhanced some. I might also tell a funny tale at the end of this to show how things can be out of wack between reality and perception. I suspect no one really practices enough with their favorite firearms, much less any additional firearms in their gun safe. Due to weather lately, I have not been to the range for several weeks. Mostly what I'm working on now is loads for a couple hunting rifles. Now, I imagine if I had all the money spent on ammunition the taxpayers paid for that I expended over the years, I'd be driving a Ferrari. One very important thing every shooter should be doing in the course of normal range firing is expending approximately 25 percent of the days ammo allocation shooting from the weak side. Doesn't matter if you are shooting, rifle, pistol, blunderbust, shotgun or wristrocket. Practice with the weak side. Simple, learn to shoot left handed if you are right handed. To completely restrict yourself to a single method of handling a firearm is near suicide. Be Flexible!! My youngest was taking Law Enforcement at the local Vo-Tech while a Senior in High School. During Open House, the Wife and I, along with eldest Daughter went to see just what is what and how. The school had a FAST Trainer to assist teaching their training. Great system. I highly recommend it if you can get time on one. This particuliar system was hooked up to some Ruger Security Six's. I know some like them, I'm not one of them. Anyway, my brat decided that I needed to shoot the system and who am I to turn down my daughter's request. Up to the firing line I go and we're off to the races. The system ran 4 seperate scenerios before I decided that enough was enough. I laid the Ruger down, told the instructor he needed a good armorer to fix the trigger and started to walk away when the system posted my overall score on the screen. My hit ratio was 91%. My eldest was standing behind me, in her dressed to kill clothes, arms crossed and giving me a good imitation of her mother's look. "Dad, just what do you think you were doing? That score is horrible!" The looks on the other students faces just then was priceless. None of them had yet to crack 90% and I'm getting my arse chewed for shooting a 91 in my first pass through the course. Then she really slapped them all up side of the head. "You know you're not Left Handed......!" Yeah, I shot the course with my weak side hand. And I told the class that not every situation was going to give them the ability to shoot from their strong side. That got their attention. Over the next half hour, I watched 2 others try their weak side hand. Humble results. But they both said they were going to spend more time practicing it. Moral of this story is simple. Be prepared and Be Flexible. BTW......my Eldest shot an 88 in high heels.