Real World Stress
Has anyone ever used simunition for a live fire exercise? I was able to get training using Navy sim rounds (filled with paint - hurt like hell but don't maim). It was eye-opening to realize how stress can degrade your skills.
I stood five feet away from another shooter and we nearly unloaded our wepaons into each other. When we checked for paint marks, we found NONE. That was over 10 missed shots between the two of us and we had just come off a range where we hit the center of the paper everytime. It made me more aware of the fact that the range is not always a "real world" situation.