Just got back from a local gun range where a neighbor guided me through my first shooting experience. He started me off on a .22 he brought in order to get me used to shooting (good idea!). My first shots all made it to the paper plate from about 15 feet, with a few even hitting the bulls eye. Then I switched to my own new purchase, a Tracker 627 .357 mag. I shot several rounds of .38's and then finally went to the "biggies" and shot some .357's. Accuracy was better on the lower caliber, but I still got all my shots on the target and most in the paper plate. Quite an experience. It gave me confidence that if I had to defend against a home invader (or a big cat out on the trail) I could stop the aggressor. I had been practicing my grip and stance based on videos from Masaad Ayoob and had been using a Laserlyte in dry firing to get a sense of whether my aim was on target. I know most of you have been shooting for years, but these were literally the first guns I've ever shot and at age 66 it feels like a big hurdle to have jumped. Next month I finally get to take a basic handgun course.