Great post, Pioneer. Although not a professional nor a trainer , I will be shooting with my father-in-law who has years of experience. I completely understand he can certainly have bad habits, but I have no doubt he will preach safety above all else.
My step-dad was in Viet Nam and says he "had enough guns over there." So, although not raised with any firearms in the house (or really any relatives or family friends owning any) I have a huge respect for all guns and clear understanding of how easily so much damage (i.e. up to and including death) can be inflicted in an instant. So, I'm definitely coming into gun ownership with eyes and ears wide open, researching all I can about my particular firearm. That's what brought me here!
In my particular case (I'm 40), I've been kind of escorted into gun ownership, by moving to the middle of nowhere in north-central WI after growing up in suburban Chicago. What began as "take this .25 just as a precaution," has turned into my birth father buying my wife and I this Windicator. Now I'm like a sponge and eager to learn the ins and outs of it, the differences in ammo, and how we can get better and be ultra-safe with the weapon.
All-in-all, I'm really excited about it, and unfortunate for me, picking up the revolver continues to be postponed for one reason or another. I'm hoping to have it Saturday and begin practicing!
Thanks for all the tips, and please, keep 'em coming!