Good advice from Massad
While IDPA is not the same as a gunfight, it helps hone the skills one might need for a gun fight. As Dave Grossman notes little of the training we do prepares us for true human aggression, as everyone knows unless there is an unfortunate accident, everyone is going home. Unless one has access to a private range, they are pretty much stuck just standing still, with gun at the ready on a paper target. IDPA is open to pretty much everyone, and the local clubs welcome new shooters.