Gaming vs Real Life 'defensive' training
I was wondering what your opinions are on this, especially since many of you guys are fighters as well as gunfighters (by that I mean, military, law enforcement, etc).
You've probably heard this question before. "Is competition shooting good training for self defense/gunfights?" And by competition, I mean the more 'practical' comps such as IDPA and USPSA shooting, multigun, etc.
I've personally found it to be immensely beneficial to building my fundamentals of pistol shooting. At the top of it all are my splits (still only averages around 0.5 seconds on a 10 yard while making all the hits) that had naturally become faster as I tried to get better at the game. My reloads, draw, shooting on the move, instinctive use of cover, moving my weapon from target to target, and the timing of it all to connect it all together.
There are some parts that I don't think will translate well to a real life situation. I don't think I'll have time to plan out all my targets and visualize draws, reloads, and movements. I may not remember seeing my sights at all (if the range necessitated it, and not remembering doesn't mean not having used the sights). Since I mainly shoot IDPA, I don't really ever drop my partially empty mags. I tend to crowd cover when I want that extra closeness to my target.
Still, much like how sport fighting has taught me fundamentals like footwork, positioning, timing, defense, etc. Before that I just knew specific isolated moves or even a few steps of moves, but never really 'put it together' to further me as a fighting package.
Similarily, I feel as though competition shooting has helped immensely with my shooting. (I did play airsoft for a long time when I was younger, though) I basically went from not really knowing what to do at all, except plinking at my stall at the local range, to being able to really know how to run my gun. The difference is, I've never tested myself in the 'streetz' with a weapon like I have with my fists.
Out of the people I know with experience to both, I've heard both things. Most of the guys who are proponents have shot with me or still do shoot with me. They generally aren't as serious gamers as the top guys (except Massad Ayoob, master in all classes in IDPA), but are very good shooters that I look up to. Most of the opponents don't really shoot competition and preach 'gaming isn't like real life, you'll get yourself killed.' The skeptic in me thinks the later guys do that at least in part because they see competition shooting as a bit of competition, and probably because they aren't going to be very good at it. Must not feel good to be schooled by young gamers who shoot very well for their years of shooting, when they've been shooting for 20+ years.
To be honest, the latter sounds a lot like 'MMA/Kickboxing/Wrestling/Boxing won't work in the streetz' but what do I know, I've never been in armed/potentially armed confrontation.
So for those of you with more real life experience, what do you think?