Tam’s most recent gun school post (linked a couple of posts down) contains a really great piece of advice roughly paraphrased as “gun school is a bad time to find out your gun sucks”. For game shooters, replace “gun school” with “a match”. The point being that if you’re going to do any serious amount of shooting, you need to know that your gun and magazines can hold up to it.
Before I started competing, a “high volume” practice session was 150-200 rounds. When I started getting serious about improving my gun handling skills, 200 rounds became “the minimum practice session”. The point of shooting in volume is to reinforce training, but also to make sure you identify kinks in your gun before you go to gun school. The moral of the study is that more shooting is usually better than less shooting. As long as you’re not reinforcing bad habits, that is.
Witness the Bersa at Tam’s class. While it’s a reasonable defensive pistol, it’s not well know for its durability in extended practice sessions, making it a less than ideal gun for a medium round count class (500 rounds). Shoot your guns, people – train good habits and shoot as much as you can, as often as you can.