Learn to Shoot – Project Appleseed
I learned how to shoot .22 rifles in the Boy Scouts when I was younger. My father was not in my life until much later on, and he is not an advocate of guns. For some of us, this (or some variation of) is the story, where we were never taught how to shoot by our family and will be the ones that actually start the tradition of passing down guns and the skills to shoot and hunt.
I have been aware of Project Appleseed(link) for a while now. They are an organization that offers low cost classes that teach kids and adults alike the fundamentals of rifle marksmanship and they have courses, as far as I’m aware, in every state. For those people who were never taught how to shoot, or for parents that are inexperienced and want to learn this skill with their kids, this is an excellent opportunity to do so. Courses cost 60$ per adult and $20 per kid, but there are Groupons(link) available for $40 and $14 respectively at the time of this post.
I realized something a few years back when I was at a range; that anyone can go to the range and shoot at a target, but the core skills that need to be developed to make you a proficient shooter really come from an instructor. This can be a parent, or a firearms instructor, but trying to figure out techniques on your own takes time. Time that could be better spent in other ways and would be far less costly (considering the price of ammunition).