No concealed carry permit. I am a life member of the NRA, my Dad, who served 3 1/2 years in the Army infantry (2 years frontline combat in Pacific Theater, New Georgia, Bouganville, Phillipines) trained me, starting when I was 6. I have 5 pistols, 4 rifles.
My favorite shooting is .223 varmint rifles at 200 yds. at the range. I handload my ammo, and it is tuned to my rifle and chamber, so it is MUCH more accurate than off the shelf ammo. I shoot a Savage varmint rifle with a 26" heavy barrel, off of a mechanical rest in front with bunny ear sandbag in the back.
Range sessions are timed, 20 min. firing, 10 min. cease fire to check and post targets. A box of ammo is 50 rounds, so I try to fire 25 in 20 min., and clean my rifle in the next 20 min. session, so I spend about 2 hours on a range session to fire one box of 50.
I shoot 5 rounds at each orange 1" dot on a target, so all are 5 shot groups.
At 100 yds., these usually measure about .5", center to center (extreme spread minus the diameter of a bullet). Using center to center, you can compare group sizes of different diameter bullets, as like to like.
At 200 yards, I want to be under 1.5", and I am usually close, except of very windy days. A .223 is a small bullet, and I have seen the wind push a bullet 6" left or right on a very windy day, at 200 yds. The same wind at 100 yds. would only push the same bullet 1.5", so the relationship of drift to wind speed at distance is not linear, rather its exponential.
For off the shelf equipment, that's about as good as it gets. I have seen a few guys do better, but you have to put up wind flags and judge the change in wind speed on every shot and adjust your hold. I have tried, but I'm not too hot at it. Or, I get 4 out of 5 better, misjudge one shot, and the group is just as big as if I didn't try reading the wind; so I don't. Means I won't be a competitive shooter, I'll just have to be a serious hobbiest.
I don't drive much after dark and not in bad areas, so I don't concealed carry. I have thought about it, and given my behavior, the odds of me needing it don't seem to justify the effort and expense. Passing the firing test would be easy for me, I'm already better than 90% of the pistol shooters at the range. I do keep a pistol in a combo locked pistol box, loaded magazine in the gun, no round chambered, so I'd have to cycle the slide to chamber a round.
In Tx. since it became legal to get a concealed carry license, I have never heard of a permit holder going nuts and killing a family member or an innocent bystander. I have heard of many defending themselves, and some who killed people threatening them. All the cases I have heard of go to the grand jury and all have been 'no true billed'. As near as I can tell, concealed carry permit holders carrying loaded guns does not appear to create a new problem for society, I say based on 20 years of observation in Tx.
In H-Town, probably 85% of the people I know pack heat at all times. so If I should need a fire arm, I can borrow one pretty quick.
"Don't be particular bout nothin, but the company you keep"
Whenever I see this topic being discussed, I think of this video;
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