"ya know the favorite saying around here "play stupid games win stupid prizes"? once someone does something, they have a whole lot of personal responsibility they need to eat. sometimes its lead flavored with a thin copper shell."
I lost my handgun viginity at the age of 68 last year. I am now a gun enthusiast and spend 2-3 days at the range each week. My only prior experience with guns was shooting a .22 rifle and 12-gauge shotgun when I was growing up.
The best thing I did was to hire a tutor to give me private lessons from the very beginning. I asked around the gun shops and got a highly recommended teacher. That made a huge difference in developing good habits and also just learning about handguns in general.
I highly recommend this approach for people new to handguns.