Welcome! Good choice of pistol. Probably not the easiest to learn with so go slow. Work on the fundamentals (if you don't know them, find someone qualified to teach you). When you do shoot it, do it at close range to the target as this will promote confidence. An last but not least: Please be safe! If you don't know the rules contact the NRA and they will help. Good luck! Good Shooting.
Welcome from New Mexico, just start practicing up close and using the basics and safety rules. As you get better just start working your way back to 20-30 feet a little at a time. If you are shooting with someone else have them watch your form and see if you are flinching or anticipating the recoil and try to correct that if you are. Good luck and practice a lot.
Welcome to TA the best source of information and entertainment. As stated before me the 709 is an interesting choice. Mine is my every weekday carry. Now this is not meant to be a lecture and I hope you will take it as friendly conversation, the same way I have with my wife, daughters and grandchildren. Start out very close range to the target and get very use to the trigger pull. Squeeze the trigger slow and steady, this will allow you to avoid posting on here how it "shoots low and left". If you feel the little gun has a bit of a bite you can always soften its bite with a piece of bicycle inner tube slide over the grips like a tight fitting glove or you can purchase a grip cushion. The firmer the grip and better your control, the less chance you will ever have to deal with a failure to eject or failure to feed. Enjoy the 709 it can make for a fun gun to shoot and a easy carry. Again welcome to TA.....
I'm in the same boat, learning to use my new pistol and the advice I have is start at a shorter distance and learn how you react to the gun and take your time and try to master it. Like bigcarllover said, if you get your permit to carry, you want to know how to use the 709 without a doubt, cause it will be life or death.
Welcome from Kentucky! Practice, practice, practice is the best advice I was given. Getting to know your gun is just as important to good shooting. And with 9mm being cheaper than some ammo, you get to shoot more without breaking the bank. More people nowadays are more than willing to help someone learn to shoot.
Basic shooting courses usually give a one one mentor who is excellent with the student. Not written in stone, but it would be nice if it were true everywhere.
One has to have patients, be personable, leave the ego at the door, and be non-judgemental to a degree. Put yourself in the other person's shoes for a bit.
With the basic courses bad habits are avoided and appropriate shooting concepts instilled.
If one can have a mentor (doesn't have to be an instructor) alongside to watch and give constructive feedback the shooter will have a pleasant experience and be motivated.
Some of us can learn alone. To those more power to you. Being patient and remembering the basics is a good idea. Trips to the range should have goals. Have a real goal that can be reached on each trip.
Nothing says you can't have fun. Just that if one expects to reach and keep shooting proficiency they need to have a plan.
Some trips to the range are just that. Going for fun only.
Welcome to the forum from Northern Illinois! All good advice here. I grew up shooting rifles and shotguns and had the chance to fire a lot of other weapons while in the USAR. When my wife desired to learn about shooting she booked a handgun safety course at our local range with my cousin and I decided to tag along. It turned out that old dogs CAN learn new tricks and I learned that I really like shooting and acquiring handguns. If you get some "snap caps" which are dummy rounds for your 9mm you can work on your trigger pull at home. Just be certain that live ammo isn't in the same room at all, to avoid any chance of discharging the pistol in the house. I don't have a PT 709...yet...but when I got my PT 145 I found the mechanics of shooting it is much different from the 4 inch barreled handguns that I had. The short sight radius is less forgiving and having the sight picture off even by a millimeter and greatly affect the point of impact.
I hope that you enjoy both learning all about your new pistol and also with stopping by to let us know how it's going. Welcome again!