1. How important is physical fitness when it comes to defensive shooting?
Physically preparing for a fight is just as important as mental preparedness. Owning a firearm is not the end-all-be-all answer. Firearms can be a great equalizer, but if you are able to improve your physical condition, you owe it to yourself and your loved ones to do so. Proper defensive firearms training should include a fair amount of artificial stress, such as time limits, movement, competition, etc. If you are shooting knotholes on the slow fire but crater during the stress shoots due to poor physical condition, what do you think will happen when faced with an armed attacker?
Not all gunfights will start with you face-to-face at 7 yards. It might start with you being jumped from behind, or pulled from your car, or being chased through a parking lot. Also, most people should try and avoid getting into a gunfight, since there is no guarantee that you will win (or that your spouse or child won’t get accidentally killed by a bad guy’s bullet). In some situations, the better option may be to turn and sprint to your car, or back into your house, instead of being caught in the open out of breath with a pounding heart. I have seen guys in wheelchairs and senior citizens with oxygen tanks on the range, training with firearms, and that’s awesome and inspirational, but the rest of us need to do what we can to prepare physically for the fight.