If you want to be a good shooter… shoot more. Make the time to practice and practice properly. If you intend to carry concealed then practice drawing from concealment–verbalize– and engage. If you pull your pistol and shoot someone without giving commands to “Drop the weapon!” you will have some explaining to do when the authorities arrive… Turn the bystanders into witnesses by doing everything correctly and giving them the chance to see and hear you do it. Verbalize before you shoot. Verbalize while you train.
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