I completely agree with you FireForged. I get out every other year or so and have seen no deterioration in timed draw & shoots - 3 shots @ 3 yrds in 3 seconds, while moving. All were center mass (with a few heads shots thrown in) for the last practice evolution with my snub. If guys want too train like a Navy SEAL, that's fine. It all comes down to how you perform when it's showtime. Scott Norwood, of the Buffalo Bills, practiced kicking a lot of 43 yd field goals for his whole life, but didn't hit it when the SuperBowl was on the line. Drawing the gun, pointing, and pulling the trigger to hit a target a few times is not something I find particularly difficult. I have always felt the psychological mind set for a self defense shooting is the key; not necessarily firing thousands of rounds a year. To each his own; everyone should do what they think will help them achieve a successful outcome.I find it odd how many shooters actually believe that their skills are going to evaporate if they do not shoot often and regularly.
Perishable? Sure.. but lets not be overly dramatic.
Sure you might lose .2-.3 of a second or a few millimeters but hardly anything that is going to cause you to lose a gunfight that you would otherwise have won. Its just not that deep in my humble opinion.
Training is good and of course we should train but lets be realistic. If you didnt shoot your EDC for the next few years, you are not likely to lose any concerning level of skill if you have actually developed it reasonably well to being with. Could you measure an absolute loss in skill with a micrometer? Probably. Do I consider that worth worrying about? Nope
I have adopted a quarterly training schedule for probably the past decade. 4 times a year I will go out run my gun. At 4 times a year I would consider that overkill in regards to maintaining competence with my EDC. Dont get me wrong, I am a proponent of keeping the rust off. That said, all this covid has keep me home and I have not trained since Feb. I aint worried in the least.