Friend and fellow outdoor writer Kevin Creighton wrote a good piece regarding who needs firearms training. To formulate the answer he spoke to a trio of respected instructors in the firearms industry. To see the complete article click here. My favorite quote came from superbly talented gunsmith and author Grant Cunningham who had this to say about who needs training:
Anyone who has a firearm for the purposes of self-defense (shotgun, rifle, whatever). There’s a lot that goes into using it, like knowing when you legally can and should use it. Doesn’t matter if you’re old or young, female or male (men are bad at this). There are three parts to gun safety awareness: How to make the gun go bang; when you can make it go bang; and when you should make it go bang. – Kevin Creighton for NRA Family, Why You (Yes You) Need Basic Gun Training
The Tactical Professor Claude Werner also posed this question:
Can the potential student put five shots into a 4-inch circle, four times in a row, at 10 feet? That’s the standard for the NRA Basic Pistol class.
So, can you? Remember, that’s the bare minimum. Get training and lots of it. Self-defense skills are perishable and you quite literally never stop learning and practicing.