Shooting is a perishable skill.  You have to keep practicing even to maintain your skill, not just to get better.  Take enough time off, and you will have ground to make up.

Dry-Fire

In another post we talk about how you should devote a lot of practice to dry-fire.  It’s free to do, it’s valuable to help with many skills beyond just accuracy, including reloading, drawing from holster and more.  We recommend 80% dry-fire to 20% live fire.

Live Ammo

But you still need to put time in at the range with a real bang.  You should practice at the range weekly or more frequently.  Bi-weekly at the least.  However, we know it’s hard to find the time and ammunition is expensive.  I go to the range at least once a week and spend 30 minutes on my lunch break.  There are literally hundreds of drills you can do at the range and dozens of variations on each one. Having a plan before you get to the range really helps you maximize your time there.

Here is a video that suggests a range drill that uses up one box of range ammo (50 rounds) that we like a lot: