You can contact the 4H extension agent in your County and see if they have a shooting sports program. It is a good way to learn the basics. The cheapest and easiest way to learn rifle and pistol shooting is with air guns. We shoot match pellets that cost $.01 each in our program. Suitable beginner air rifles and pistols are available from Daisy for modest cost ($215 853 Rifle or $150 747 Pistol). In our program we have developed into a National Competition Club. We have air pistols and rifles that cost as much as $2800. People should not confuse air gun shooting with what you can buy at Wal-Mart. I have a Bailkal IZH-46M that I have shot 23,000 times in 4 years. The better air guns are durable and extremely accurate.