it's not a stupid question. Line every thing up.
As for shooting with your buddies I've found this isn't usually the best way to train.
Too much distraction and lots of social time . It's fun but not condusive to training.
Unless your buddies are bullseye shooters.
Try going alone and shooting very slowly. Watch where you sighted and where the bullet went.
There are times you have the proper sight picture and the bulllet doesn't go there.
Lot's of reasons for that. That's where learning begins and the real fun starts.