Hello, For background I grew up in an extremely anti-gun single parent household, my siblings and I were not allowed to have toy guns to the extent that when I was 8 I had a toy phaser confiscated . In that environment I never even considered owning a gun myself even though I am a military history buff and am excited at the prospect of owning a working piece of history. I have fired .22 caliber rifles and pistols (AR-7, Rugger Mk II) as well as 9mm Parabellum handguns (Beretta M9 and Rugger P-85) with friends and its fun, but my background has always prevented me from jumping into the hobby with both feet. Recently a couple things have changed that have made me reconsider taking up firearms as a hobby. First off, it seems like a fun activity that is fairly affordable and does not require a huge time investment. Its also very technical and interesting for someone who enjoys tinkering. Second, I have a family of my own now and feel that I should have an understanding of firearms that I can pass on to my children. I think the ability to shoot and a general comfort around firearms is something that every American should have. Right now I am trying to figure out the best way for a beginner to get involved. I am planning on attending a home firearms safety course on the 18th and will apply for my concealed weapons permit and C&R FFL over the next two weeks. I could really use some advice for a beginner with almost no experience with firearms who would like to get involved with the hobby. Right now I am thinking that a .22 caliber rifle would be a good starting point to get my feet wet with firearms, but I am intrigued by all the ads for Mosin Nagant rifles given their history and affordability. Of course I have already started thinking about my wish list but I need to walk before I can run so my novice questions include: Whats a good first gun for a large adult to learn with? Does anyone know of a good place to shoot in East Pierce County? Besides the home gun safety class I am registered for, are there any good introductory classes offered through local clubs? Any feedback would be appreciated.