The surge in popularity of Practical Pistol Shooting competitions over the last decade is undeniable. Unlike bulls eye competitions, they offer the participant the opportunity to train in realistic shooting scenarios, and to do so with one’s duty or defensive pistol. Performing in front of others, in a timed and scored competition sharpens the ability to shoot accurately under stressful conditions, which is something all responsible hand-gunners should strive toward.
As an intro, check out this article on Practical Pistol Shooting. The authors answer common objections from new-comers to the sport, and provides helpful links to shooting competitions in your area.