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Its always heartening for us to hear someone who is interested in shooting and is willing to take the necessary steps to learn.

One of the best ways to learn is to ask questions and visually observe the various shooting disciplines- there are many! You already have taken the primary steps by actually shooting and posting on this board.:D

The statement you paraphrased is very broad. Storm_45's answer was but one view- albeit a correct one. I propose another view which is taken by people who make that statement.

They view it from a standpoint of personal injury- whether accidental or intentional shooting. They have an unreasonable fear of any firearm, and try to discourage firearms ownership. Unfortunately, they will never be convinced that there are no statistics which support the belief that owning a gun will result in the owner getting shot. Theirs is an emotional response to years of propaganda in the news media. They have never had to defend themselves- always relying on someone else to do that job. Believe you me, if any of these folks were the victim of real crime and/or violence and lived, they would be purchasing a gun in short order!

Have an open mind and never fail to ask questions. Remember, there is no such thing as a dumb question if it's sincere!;)
 

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Annie, my sister, you're welcome. I suggest that you get some practical instruction from a trained professional shooting instructor who is NRA certified to teach. This will eliminate any bad habits from developing and give you a good foundation from which you can build your skill and proficiency.

I'm assuming that the pistol is the firearm you shot? You didn't say...
 
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