Thanks to all of your replys, I have started seeing positive change in my shooting ability. I also get good instruction at the club I belong to. These guys really know their stuff. I can't say enough about "good instruction" from people who know how to do it.
Things that I have been doing wrong:
1) Flinching to the "bang and recoil". (low and left)
2) Not keeping my eye on the front sight (the Merit Optical Device I purchased has helped me immensely)
3) Poor grip from both right and left hands.
4) Shooting too fast and too much in a short period of time.
5) Poor target location/selection.
Good things I'm doing:
1) Practicing with snap caps (wow, these really do help)
2) Better grip with right hand, and better support with the left hand.
3) Moving the target in to a "fair" distance for a newbie.
4) Keeping my focus on the "front sight" while firing. (big help)
5) Merit Optical Device (can't say enough about how I like them)
6) Great instruction, both here, and at the club I joined.
7) Practice, practice, practice. (I purchased a .22 pistol, I'm pretty good with that. Not as much bang and recoil?)
8) Safety, safety, safety.
thanks all for your valuable advice, I really appreciate it.