I've been perusing these forums for some time now and I think it's high time I finally introduce myself. I consider myself a serious student of the gun and have learned a lot from the members of this forum. It all started when I thought I knew how to shoot and read Brian Enos' book when it first came out. I remember getting through the book and scratching my head, not comprehending much of what was in the book. I initially dismissed much of what I read as some kind of voodoo. I continued in my quest to become a better shooter (primarily for defensive purposes) for years and improved slowly. I got to the point that I was one of the better shooters within my circle of acquaintances.
I then availed myself to several competitive shooting instructors and my eyes were finally opened to what really could be done with a handgun. The first and most enlightening of these instructors was a course with Ron Avery. I slowly allowed myself to expand my vision (both literally and figuratively) and competed in several matches, primarily IDPA. I remembered Brian's book, still sitting in my bookshelf and re-read it. Amazingly, the content of the book finally started making sense!
Anyway, I may be rambling...but I find that so much of the information in this forum has been extremely helpful in my quest to improve my abilities with firearms and I want to thank the members here for being so open to sharing what you have learned. Though my firearms focus is still primarily defensive in nature, I have come to value competitive shooting as a vehicle for my own personal development.