As long as a person can consistently (95% of one shot presentations) hit a target the size of two sheets of paper, stacked in landscape orientation, at four yards, they have the requisite level of marksmanship skill to dominate 99% of personal protection shooting incidents by non-sworn personnel.
That’s not a popular opinion but after studying over 5,000 Armed Citizen incidents, it’s the conclusion I’ve come to. Here is the Male torso hit zone target sheet.
There are other skills that are more important than marksmanship.
- Handling a loaded gun without endangering self or others. (Remember Rule #1)
- Competently and safely loading and unloading a handgun.
- Safely storing and accessing a handgun, whether it’s on-body or off.
- Moving with a loaded gun in hand from one place to another.
- Safely manipulating a loaded gun and flashlight simultaneously.
- No Shoot/Shoot
- Verbal Confrontation
- Interaction with the POlice
The good news is that the gunhandling skills can be learned without live fire. The decision-making skills can be learned without even having to handle a gun. If I thought people were interested, I’d write a book about it but they’re not so I won’t.