Some ranges also offer rentals to shoot. I truly think a first timer should at least start with a 22 caliber ( no kick) then decide. My wife and I own two 22's. Very cheap to fire, I don't think you will get a cheaper round to fire. I can buy a box of 550 for under 20 dollars. My GLOCK 23 (40 caliber) costs me 23 cents a round. Every four shots I hear a ca-ching (cash register) going off in my head $1.00 please. So we shot a lot of 22 caliber rounds and I'm going to buy a Henry lever action rifle after the holidays IF Santa doesn't get me one for Christmas! RETIRED AND LOVING IT IN MASSACHUSETTS!