I typically just shoot for fun with rifles for target practice and shotguns for clay pigeons. It's been about 14 years since I've even shot a handgun. But since I recently inherited a .357 snub nose, and would like to get my concealed carry permit, I've been doing some target practice in my yard. The first time I went out I shot the .357 at 20 yards. I was using an 8" target and only hit it twice out of five rounds. I was very disappointed and realized it was gonna take me a while to get used to handguns again. The next day I borrowed a .380 semi-automatic from my mom, and using the same 8" targets at 20 yards I hit the target with all 14 rounds, but only within a 6" group. When I told my mom about my results, she said I should not be shooting from 20 yards. My question is this: How far should I be starting from (since I'm basically starting from scratch with handguns) now, and how far should I realistically be hoping to get to with practice?