Start by taking a state-approved hunter safety course . Most state game and fish agencies mandate that hunters pass a certified course before obtaining a hunting license. Participants learn about hunting and wildlife, but more importantly the ABCs of hunter safety are instilled throughout the instruction. Most conclude the classroom portion with a visit to the range to give attendees firsthand introductions to firearm operation.
If shooting sports are your passion research shooting schools, sportsman's club shooting classes and even personal trainers that work with students one on one to enhance shooting skills. Instructors advertise to help with shotgun sports, handgun shooting, long-range shooting and other disciplines. A few dollars and hours could result in an overall increase in your shooting abilities.
If personal protection is your ultimate goal then consider enrolling in a concealed carry course. Some states actually require you to take a course before receiving your concealed carry permit. Even if it isn't a requirement the course aids you in firearm safety, shooting proficiency, legal matters and the safety of your family.
Firearm safety, competence and skill all combine to create a safe and enjoyable shooting sports activity. Gaining additional instruction to achieve the highest level of know-how will ensure a lifetime of shooting pleasure.
For more info on NSSF's Project Child Safe go to ProjectChildSafe.org.