Good point.You will be learning defensive skills at school that you will be able to use no matter what gun you shoot, as long as you shoot it well and practice regularly with it.
+1 ditto on cost and taking the 9mm, but take what you will use in a real life situation if your ever in a situation where your life depends on it. In the stress of a real life threat, you will do what you have practiced.Well the cost did enter my mind but it isn't that much more. I am wanting to get the most from this trip since it is going to cost a lot when all said and done. I am all for saving a few bucks but not sure that is the right way to go, decisions decisions!!!!
Yup your 100% correct. I feel the same way, I shoot IDPA and other sports involving a pistol. I want to get better at shooting a pistol beyond shooting at stationary paper targets at an indoor range. This class is going to take me to another level. I have won IDPA matches before and usually always place in or towards the top. I want to improve upon my skills in using a pistol, those skills can come into play in competition shooting and saving a life (I hope this is never needed!!).If dtibbals is willing to purchase a second HK45 to have as a backup gun, then ammo costs are probably irrelevant. Trigger time with the gun you are going to use if your life depends on it is what is most important- lots of trigger time.
Practice under stress: get some airsoft guns and shoot force on force or buy some paintball guns and buy a few hay bails or head to the woods or a local paintball field.
Tactical training and competitve shooting (IDPA not race gun IPSC) are both good- its about speed and shot placement. Why do think some of the best "high speed, low drag" units train with guys like Jerry Barnhart and others- its about speed and shot placement. You practice, practice, practice to build muscle memory- muscle memory is subconscious, it become reflexive and that is what may save you or someone else's life.... my $0.02's