Anyone with a camera can do well if the shot pops up in front of him or her. Heck, even a baboon can do it.
The trick is making a shot when the shot isn’t there. That’s what a photographer does. It’s unbelievably boring to shoot cans of creamed corn on a white background (ask me how I know this), but you have to work and work at it until you get the results you need.
Almost anyone can use a gun well in the scenarios you see in basic pistol classes, where a big bad guy in a balaclava jumps out from behind a car and yells “GIMME ALL YOUR MONEY!”
Where training and experience show up is when the attack comes from surprise or from some who doesn’t look like a threat.
Get trained. Improve your mindset. Shoot well. Save a life. Maybe your own.
* The featured image in this post is “The Critic” by WeeGee the Famous. If you’re a shooter (of photos) you really need to check out his stuff.