Hi RoadkingJim you have a lot of questions to be answered and that's good to ask. I would suggest you go to a local shooting range and see if they have any classes for new shooters. You might try a gun club or call the NRA to help you find a instructor for some lessons. You need some hands on coaching that will help you a bunch. My range will send someone out with you and show you the basics and get you started for nothing. Good luck.