Originally Posted by 5.56X45mm
If you're serious about the basics of firearm marksmanship then get yourself a Ruger 10/22 Rifle and a Browning Buckmark Pistol. Both are chambered in .22LR and are highly affordable and ammo is dirt cheap. Then go to a range and take a hunter safety course for learning the basics of firearm safety.
Once that is done, ask your local ranges when they do local competitions. Go to them and ask some folks for help in learning how to shoot. Then practice, practice, practice....
The US Army will teach you how to work your rifle but you can teach yourself on the basics and build a good foundation.
I will take that into consideration and look into both of those guns. After I get some money together I will search for someone with the qualifications to give me lessons.
Thanks you for the suggestions so far. I will take them all into consideration.