Action-shooting sports are directly related to defensive shooting. The sport came about from the desire to find a way to measure and evaluate defensive skills. Over the years, some differences have arisen regarding what works on the range and what will save you on the street. Instead of dwelling on those differences, it is more constructive to find the common ground that connects both handgun endeavors.

– Sheriff Jim Wilson

It too often is forgotten or ignored, but the skills that will lead to success in the real world will also lead to success in shooting sports, competition or any other range work. While a decent score on a range drill can never be a guarantee, a low result should point out problems in need of addressing.

This article is very elementary but worth a quick read: