The ability to perform a martial skill well is the result of time, effort and energy. For the handgunner, the martial skills necessary to respond to a lethal assault is made up of several sub-skills: draw stroke, quick and variable sight pictures options, practical trigger control, movement with minimal disruption of the sight picture, and (if necessary) the ability to reload from unconventional positions. Each of these individual sub-skills requires a constant investment of training time. There are no short cuts to developing martial competence. Only a commitment to daily practice will produce a reliable level of fighting skills.

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