Took a private NRA class this past weekend and shot my first handgun. Targets are 9" the first one is two S&W revolvers a .22lr and a .38. Second is from a Kimber compact custom shop .45. Not sure of the exact distance, it seemed about 15ft. Had a great time! Now waiting the 2-3 months to get the phone call to pick up my permit.
Yes, but you can't buy one without the permit. There is also an eligibility cert you can get but i'm not sure how that works. But I have neither. The guns were my instructors accept for the Kimber, he borrowed it from a friend because I mentioned I was interested in them. I thought that was really nice of him.