It's been a lot of years since I've made a point of training regularly. I think that knowing how you react, and knowing the basic 'rules' of how to react is just as important though.
Madbunny - what would happen if you were in a situation with another CCW person who was at least as well trained as yourself? Who would win?
What, you mean the proverbial dark alley?
If I was facing myself, we'd probably both die, or live, for a couple of reasons.
First, I know that given adrenaline overload
I would need to stabilize my weapon, also that presenting a smaller target helps as the 'other person' will have the same problems re: adrenaline. Secondly, I'll be going for center mass and using every round in the clip/chamber to reduce misses.
Finally my primary response is to avoid confrontation, having a weapon only increases that tendency with me. My first response to an armed person is to GTFO of there. Honestly the only time I can see using it would be if there were no way to call for help in time to save somebody, or couldn't get away.
The thing about CCW carrying is that there is a trade off between concealment and draw speed. The more concealed something is, and less 'obvious' it is the longer it takes to get to it. Also, one of the problems with them is that they make people very self conscious, which is why I make a point of wearing it randomly.http://concealedcarryholsters.org/wp-content/images/handgun_spotting.jpg
Although, in untrained hands, I have heard that it is not that difficult to avoid deadly injury. For example, a common thief with no gun training would be very lucky to kill a person who is running away in a zig-zag pattern. Hitting and killing a moving target is not something that anyone with a gun can pull off.
That's my understanding as well.