Kevin, I look up to your enthusiasm wanting to make use of your time while at the range. First, go to a sporting goods store and buy a 6" splat. This is a target the changes color when the bullet hits it. Use your aiming and firing techniques when firing. What I do is cut the target in half and put half a target on each side of the siliuett and imagine the bad guy is holding my wife and playing peekee-boo from behind her. I have a Walther PPQ M2 4.5" .45 and a Walther Creed 4.5" 9mm. Once I can fire 6 shots on each side of the siliuett without hitting the siliuett but the target only: I consider myself qualified to carry that firearm.