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        09-08-2013, 07:55 PM
      #11
    Green Broke
    What you are looking for is an "Appleseed" program. Its part of the Civilian marksmanship program, and basically a beginners level rifle safety and marksmanship program. You will learn small bore, rifles, basically the exact ones you would want to use to shoot gophers. Not sure about where in MN you are, but I would look for indoor programs, going to be cold soon. Here is a link to get you started. I would just show up at an event. Bring clear safty glasses and ear muffs, then go watch, tell people you are new and want to learn small bore. You;ll find someone to get you started without the , commando super trooper dufuses you are likely to find at a gun store.

    Alot of this is hittign home for me, its frustrrating, at one time I ran a womens defensive hand gun classes. Was very frustrating havign to unteach stuff idiots tell them. Not to mention they almost ALWAYS get stuck with totally unsuitable guns. Granted this is handgun self defense, In your case go with the .22 rifle first. But find one that fits and is suitable for your gopher issue and easy to learn on.
    You can look long and hard but a Ruger 10-22 would be by far the best platform to start with. Make sure it fits you. But Id go to the applesead event first and watch and learn a bit.

    Appleseed Schedule
    SMS CMP Calendar - Indoor Smallbore Rifle

    Welcome aboard, learn 22 rifle markssmanship first then move into other things.
         
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        09-08-2013, 07:56 PM
      #12
    Trained
    In that case, I'd start with a 22 rifle. Lessons from family or friends will work OK, or you can pay for some lessons. I've still got the Ruger 10/22 I bought when I was young...its banged up some, but is still a nice little rifle. What you learn using a 22 rifle will carry over if you ever want to shoot handguns.
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        09-08-2013, 08:03 PM
      #13
    Green Broke
    See, tow different people reccommending the exact same rifle. Just need to make sure stock fits, they come in different sizes. But a club like I mentioned will probably have loaners.
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        09-08-2013, 08:13 PM
      #14
    Trained
    If my objective were recreation, I would start with a pellet rifle. It is a lot of fun, and good for protection against rattle snakes. :) You can buy a decent one for less than 200 bucks, and pellets are dirt cheap. If money is no object, pellet guns are still super fun. For self protect, I'd go with the pistol of your choice, but it takes a lot of practice to get reasonably accurate and the ammo isn't cheap.
         
        09-08-2013, 08:51 PM
      #15
    Green Broke
    Here you go , your state coordinator, send him/her an email tell them you wan to learn 22, and don't know where to go or start.
    MN@appleseedinfo.org
         
        09-09-2013, 12:03 AM
      #16
    Yearling
    Thanks everyone!! You've all been so helpful!! I think maybe ill start with air soft stuff, just to learn to actually aim, and then do real guns. My dad lives about an hour away so we would have to set up a time ahead of schedule.

    Thanks again!!!
         
        09-09-2013, 12:25 AM
      #17
    Super Moderator
    Too bad you live so far from me. I am a law enforcement firearms instructor and often enjoy teaching young people safe gun handling and marksmanship. As has been said, many ranges and gun shops can steer you towards classes.
         
        09-09-2013, 12:37 AM
      #18
    Started
    Am I the only one whom finds this as a sad state of our country?

    I mean, honestly, growing up guns and gun safety are like walking.

    You learn it, you only use safely, and life goes on.
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        09-09-2013, 11:53 AM
      #19
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Phly    
    Am I the only one whom finds this as a sad state of our country?

    I mean, honestly, growing up guns and gun safety are like walking.

    You learn it, you only use safely, and life goes on.
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    I grew up in a smallish town surrounded by farm country of about ~36k people. Fully 3/4 of the kids I went to school with never shot a gun and that was 30 years ago.
         
        09-09-2013, 12:19 PM
      #20
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Phly    
    Am I the only one whom finds this as a sad state of our country?

    I mean, honestly, growing up guns and gun safety are like walking.

    You learn it, you only use safely, and life goes on.
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    Isn't it better that I start late than never? I lived in a suburb for most of my life. Now I live in the country and I see(and hear) guns being used often, my 11 year old neighbor went to a gun safety class and shoots regularly. I just want to learn to be able to shoot a gun safely. Again, better late than never, in my opinion.
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