Originally Posted by RTMiller
What distances do you normally shoot from when you go to the practice range with your handgun?
Is there a standard close and far distance that most people practice from?
Is seven yards too close?
What would you consider to be too far?
What are you practicing for?
Personal Defense, Competition, Range Lizard Plinking?
I shoot 80%+ PD to keep my carry skills up. This includes the draw.
I shoot, and instruct PD at CQB distance and closer. (~6.5 meters or 21') Think Tueller Drill.
I start a noobie at 3 meters or about ten feet. The object is to build confidence and have fun. The worst thing you can do to a nicky-new-guy is to stick a target out at fifty feet and hand the guy a gun he has never shot. After two or three mags with no hits on paper he's ready to head home or get a beer!
Put that same guy 10 feet from the target and watch him learn how to walk a round in to the ten ring. Success builds success and you will more than likely run out of ammo before he wants that beer.
Let the student tell you when he wants more challenge. He won't say "move the target out" but more likely say this is easy. That's your clue he's getting board and time to put 50% more range on the target.
I bet more noobies have been put off by a long distance introduction to firearms. They rarely will return to shooting fearful of experiencing the failure of his maiden voyage.
At this close range it is easier to make corrections to form and placement with a much higher success rate. Once you embark on a path and experience instant success, the remaining journey is pleasurable. I would probably be playing golf today instead of shooting, if the distance to the flag was adjustable.
Ignore the long ball shooters around you. If you have selected a PD gun for CCW, IMHO, any shot > 15 meters isn't personal defense, it's hunting!