“Practical shooting is a sport that evolved from experimentation with handguns used for self-defense.” That’s the official line from the USPSA website. It cleverly avoids the question: “Is USPSA competition applicable to real world self-defense?” As the rabbi will tell you, no, it isn’t Oh sure, the competition helps you become a better shooter. It increases your ability to shoot under pressure. It’s a lot of fun. But it does NOT teach you the tactical skills you need to survive in a real world gunfight. Joe Huffman’s video illustrates that point . . .
In the real world, you assess the situation and shoot the most dangerous person first, then the second, the third and then—man are YOU in deep shit! What the hell are you doing in a room with so many bad guys? If you open a door to a room full of people who need shooting you’re either special ops for real or someone who needs to close that door and run like hell.
Even in this situation, the advisability of double taps—sorry, “closely paired groupings”—is questionable. If there’s more than one bad guy, you need to shoot all of them once (in order of threat) before you give any of them seconds.
Of course, this is all just harmless fun. The only problem: it’s not a good idea to do anything with a gun that you wouldn’t do in real life. Train like it’s game day, or you risk reverting to inapplicable habits in the heat of battle.
For example, I’ve never seen a single person at a gun range draw a 1911 from a holster, disengage the safety, fire off a string (or better yet, not fire off a string), lower the gun to a ready position (or reload), engage the safety and reholster the weapon.
Nor have I ever heard anyone yell a challenge (i.e. DROP YOUR WEAPON). OK, that could be a bit . . . problematic. Still, the point remains. If you want to use a gun for self-defense, practice using a gun for self-defense.