I was taught to shoot by my dad and grandpa and they taught me that different types of guns were for specific uses only. I don't necessarily agree with all of the points, but I'm curious how other were taught. The way I was taught is, as follows: 1. Centerfire rifles are for hunting ONLY, never to shoot for fun or plink with. 2. Centerfire pistols are for self defense only, except for very occasional target shooting. 3. .22 rifles and pistols are for plinking or hunting small game. 4. Shotguns are for hunting or shooting skeet.