The NRA also offers both "Basic Pistol" and "Basic Rifle" classes. The pistol classes seem to be easier to find (at least in my area).
To find a class go to the NRA site at www.nra.org
and look for "Training opportunities." They'll have a list of classes by state.
You'll also want to ask around at the local ranges as not all instructors list their classes on the NRA website. (I usually don't list mine, for instance).
"Basic Rifle" sounds like exactly what I'm looking for; I'll do some searching around there.
Howdy, Grace. Just to add my opinion and experience...The wife and I bought 2 of these
and keep them by the bed. We have a toddler running amok, so we keep them locked when he is up. From a liability standpoint, I would urge you to get *something* to secure your weapon when not in use. Your siblings may be the bestest, brightest sort in the world, but if you can't vouch for EVERY one of their friends.....
The safe I linked was cheaper than what we paid, but we didn't spend money on shipping. If you are close to Cabelas, they have them in stock for about $99.00
Trust me, I've definitely taken into consideration friends of the family, and a gun safe will be bought before a gun, so no need to persuade me.
since you list western pa as your location, i would be willing to help you with any questions you might have online or in person if you want and you are close to pgh. i have been a rifle and pistol instructor in the past and have assisted many new folks into the world of guns and shooting over the years.
if you would like to talk about any of this you can pm me.
I'll definitely PM you if I have any questions, thanks for the offer, it's very much appreciated.