Most self-defense shootings occur at close range – generally less than 10 yards, so most people practice shooting at targets at close range, thinking that’s all they need. However, practicing long range shooting actually improves a person’s close range shooting skills as well as any need to shoot at a distance greater than 10 yards.
One of the oft-repeated “truisms” as far as concealed carry and defensive shooting is concerned is the “rule of threes,” or something to that effect: most shootings where an assailant is shot by an armed citizen or police occur at close range. The “rule of threes” goes something like “3 or fewer shots at 3 or fewer yards in 3 seconds or less” or some variation thereof.
Incredibly quick and incredibly close; that’s also why a person should practice drawing from their gun holster. A practiced hand is a more efficient and therefore quicker hand.
That’s also why it’s good for a person to practice point shooting and front sight press shooting as part of their regular defensive shooting practice; those sighting techniques have proven track records when it comes to being able to score accurate hits at close range in quick order. Granted, point shooting is best inside 3 yards and targets between 3 and 12 yards are best to shoot using the front sight press, but those are the best defensive shooting techniques for up-close and personal shooting…
My best friend is one of the best shooters I have ever known. He is very accurate with a shotgun, rifle and handgun. He told me that growing up and learning to shoot, he started practicing with target farther away than close, like most people. As his accuracy at long distances improved with both the handgun and rifle, so did his accuracy at close range. However, he noticed that many people who practiced at short distances had more problems shooting at longer distances.