...But I don't really have anyone around here that would teach me. My dad has been a police officer for almost 25 years now and doesn't really like the idea of guns, even though he has to carry one on a daily basis. He's seen a lot of evil done with weapons, so I can't really blame him. However, he doesn't really know anything about recreational shooting so he wouldn't be able to teach me anyways. I don't think he is against the idea of myself getting into the sport though. I will be 21 next year and eligible to buy my own gun. I've been looking at some .22s as I would like to have one for use around the farm. It would definitely make getting rid of varmints much easier, as well as euthanizing our own animals. In the past my dad has used his off duty hand gun and that doesn't work as well as I rifle would. I'd also like to be able to go to a local range and participate in target shooting. I'm not sure if I would go hunting, but if I ever found someone to go with me, I might be interested in getting into that. I think goose hunting looks like a lot of fun! Does anyone know how I might be able to get started? What kinds of classes would I need to take? I know it probably varies from state to state, but anything is a start! I'd love to attend a local gun show, but again I'd have a tough time finding someone to go with me. I could probably grab one of my friends and force them to go with me for the afternoon... So any advice is quite welcome!