Safety is the number one priority when dealing with any kind of firearm, as just one mistake or lapse in attention can be devastating. The Art of Manliness blog has put together a nice tutorial that covers the basics of handgun safety and tips on how to actually hit your target.
To get the lowdown on how to shoot a handgun safely and correctly, I headed over to theUnited States Shooting Academy in Tulsa, OK and talked to Mike Seeklander, the Direct of Training at the Academy. He explained the basics of firing a handgun so a first-time shooter could do so safely and semi-accurately (the accuracy part will take some practice!).