For years, when training and competing, I used the slide stop on my 1911s to return the slide to battery when conducting a speed reload. I had found that I could more quickly obtain my shooting grip in this way.
OutWest Systems has developed a laser training system that provides feedback on individual shot placement and can be converted to live fire.
Point shooting can be effective if practiced regularly.
I often trash movies for poor handling of firearms, but there is a saying that I've heard in movies that is correct when it comes to drawing a handgun: Slow is smooth, and smooth is fast.
The Failure Drill consists of three shots designed to ensure that an attacker is stopped by putting two shots into center of mass with a final shot to the head.
Using a handgun to defend your life requires more than just a familiarity with firearms.