The firearms trainers I’ve spent the most time and money with have a statistic as an advertising slogan:
Less than 5% of gun owners seek out and attend professional defensive firearms training.
5%. Just one out of every twenty people who fill out a 4473 eventually end up taking instruction on how to use their shiny new purchase.
What motivates the other nineteen? I have no idea! I’ve made a long list of embarrassing gun purchasing mistakes over my shooting lifetime, but the only one I truly regret is not taking a class or two before I started buying guns. Had I known what I did not know (and what did not know I did not know!) I could have saved thousands of dollars in poorly suited guns and equipment and wasted ammunition, not to mention hours of frustration at the range.
Why do so many people willingly choose to do it the hard way? Are they afraid of being shown up in front of strangers? Are they unable to admit their skills have room for improvement? Do they just not care?
I suppose for a sufficiently low level of competence, you can get by with absolutely no training at all. If you are content to be able to send lead downrange without putting a bullet through your foot, then you don’t need to go to a class.
But why stop there?
The only reason to attend professional training is to become a better shooter. If this is not important to you, then training shouldn’t be a priority. But if you are not content with mere mediocrity and have a certain level of humility and self introspection, then you belong at class!
It’ll be the most valuable shooting accessory you’ll ever pay for. But don’t take it from me, ask this guy!
 Buddy, they’re afraid of that too!
 I hope to #DEITY I never stop learning!