Assuming you are aware of the safety procedures, and your handgun is for self defense/target practice/plinking, etc. Don't do what I see so many handgunners doing with a handgun. Shooting targets at 75 feet to start. Keep your target close. Start at the 7 yard line. I shoot from 20-25 feet. Then move out to 35 feet and finally 50 feet. Oh sure, some will say they can hit a quarter at 100 feet...BS! For handguns I think 75 feet is a good max distance.