I have never understood why people think the best strategy in a self defense situation is to empty your magazine as quickly as possible, making recovery time the God of all factors. I seem to remember reading that the average self defense shooting involves firing 2-3 shots. My split times with a 45 versus a 9 aren't seconds apart. That said, shoot what YOU feel comfortable with.
Also, I love that this is viewed as an old west shootout, where you need to be able to outdraw and then places as many rounds on target as quickly as possible, as if you and your assailant are standing 7 yards apart and are kind enough to only draw at the same time. That is very, very rare. To me the keys are 1. staying level headed enough to make your shots count 2. hopefully react in a preemptive manner so as to avoid a shootout. This isn't the OK Corral folks.
Know the status of your weapon
Keep your muzzle oriented so that no one will be hurt if the firearm discharges
Keep your finger off the trigger until you have an adequate sight picture
Maintain situational awareness
Last edited by TunnelRat; March 10, 2012 at 11:50 AM.