You can have lousy technique and still be an accurate shooter. I hate saying stuff like that, but it’s generally true. We’ve even seen examples of it on TV through various Top Shot contestants, including the winner of Season 4. All an accurate shot requires is good sight alignment and a trigger pull that doesn’t disrupt your sight alignment.
So even if your grip is completely janky, or your stance is utterly atrocious, you can in fact get accurate hits without really having good technique for the rest of your shooting skills. Of course, you won’t be able to do it quickly, but that’s not really the point. Of course, here’s the truth that actually hurts: being able to just hit the target doesn’t make you a good shooter.
Hitting the target is basic. I can and have taken someone who has never held a gun in their life before and get them to shoot decent groups at 10 yards with about 20 minutes of instruction. Being able to hit the target is perfectly sufficient if all you want to do is shoot groups at the range and feel good about how awesome you are at shooting.
The problem is that just hitting the target isn’t enough if you plan on doing anything useful with your gun, like oh I don’t know, carrying it to defend yourself. I’ve heard many people say things like “I can group my shots in the torso of a B-27, that’s good enough.” I don’t know about you, but I don’t particularly feel like betting my life on “good enough.” This of course applies to more than just gunhandling skills, which is why I’ve also taken defensive driving classes, and have quality tires on my car instead of the “good enough” cheapo models. But to get back to the point, just hitting the target isn’t “good enough.” Because if you have to use your gun to defend your life, odds are you’re not going to be standing on an indoor range, calm and collected as you casually aim your Bersa .380 at the not-moving B27 25 feet away.
If you think being able to hit a pie plate at 25 feet or a paper bag is good enough, then I wish you the best of luck. You probably won’t ever need to use your gun for self-defense, but if you do I hope that the bar for “good enough” on that day is set pretty low. Train to win, not to just get by.