There's been a LOT of discussion in various amateur and professional fields discussing and defining the difference between training, practice drills, skills maintenance, etc. Moving on from that ... I came to treat my own firearms skills in a similar manner to how I treated my martial arts skills in the earlier years of my pursuit of various arts. Firstly, I had to satisfy the requirements and frequent assessments of my shooting skills, as well as my developmental teaching skills, for my former agency. Secondly, I wanted to develop and find more effective ways to not only learn new shills in gun-handling and shooting, but also better ways to practice and maintain existing skills while working on new skills. Then, I wanted to continue to find ways to apply the physical skill advantages and lessons gained in my martial arts pursuit to my shooting skills. That meant continuing to satisfy the needs of both disciplines and skillsets within their respective activities, but also trying to find the right synergism that made me a better shooter on the one hand, and better able to fight with a gun on the other. I didn't complicate it by also trying to become a sport shooting competitor, but many cops have enjoyed going that route (and have created competitions). So, training or practice? Sure. Both. Now, personally, I've been enjoying taking a sabbatical from training and so much live-fire trigger time for the last couple of years. I've tried to keep my range time down to maybe 3 maybe 3 times (or 4, but no more) per year. Yep, per year. I figured that after having put in several times per month for the previous 26 years of having been an instructor, I could afford to back off a bit on the live-fire. (That doesn't mean I haven't continued to include some "dry-fire" drawing and presentation at various times, even though I'm taking a break from the constant live-fire sessions.) I also tend to hope that putting in the occasional time checking my empty hand, stick and blade skills helps keep my gun-handling skills from totally rusting away. Then, there's the virtual daily hand exercising regimen specifically designed to keep my hand/finger coordination in form, and my finger/wrist strength in practice for grip and trigger press needs. I've let my guitar skills lapse in recent years, but not my arm, hand and finger dexterity & strength for the arts and shooting. People have to find their own balance, and determine what best works for them. I still like to seek out an occasional firearms instructor to shoot alongside, so they can observe me and make sure I've not become lax or prone to forming too many bad habits (usually being someone I've formerly trained, but that comes with using my former agency range ).