Conventional range training: Primarily does one thing if you are doing it correctly, build muscle memory of the basic Fun DUH Mentals of your chosen firearm.
Scenario / Competition: Provide you the opportunity to think, shoot and move in a “controlled environment” Let’s face it the training has to fall within certain confines for safety of the range, shooter other participants etc. And! You know it’s coming, you may even know the drill but you know bad things are about to happen.
When I joined USCCA I went through ALL of the scenario training that was offered in my package and even bought the “bullet” and viewed those. Some of the scenarios were pretty straight forward but others actually made me stop and think. The car scenario sticks out in my mind, I think the situation was road rage a guy hit’s you in the rear his car is broke yours is good, The scenario is that he is running at you with a knife from 200 yards away (remember your car works) as he closes in to within 30’ or so the scenario stops. Shoot? Don’t Shoot?
I was thinking to myself while listening to the the folks answering, being the sarcastically, practical guy I am, “I wonder how far I can get this guy to chase me?”
Obviously driving away is the correct answer given the scenario.
The point is that Tim (USCCA Prez) lead these folks down a path with a scenario that forced a confrontation. Things that make you think.
IMHO the more reality (as in actually occurred) scenarios that you are exposed to the more you have time to think about options, outcomes and how to use the trainng that you have in those scenarios. If you have been exposed to a scenario then you have formed an opinion, a mental picture and now have a plan of action for that or similar scenarios.
If you watch a scenario or read one and your initial response is “Man that just sucked, I don’t know what I would do.” Then you are in the wrong mindset.
Mindset, Observance and Avoidance are the key to not getting hemmed up in most bad things.