Guys (and gals), Last weekend I had the opportunity to go clay pigon shooting out a friends farm. Spent the afternoon getting to know a 12 guage Beretta and had a great time. Now, I'm 30 years old and a complete newbie to the world of guns. However, I am a firm believer that knowing how to safely handle and use firearms is a basic skill set that everyone should have (kind of like knowing how to drive a manual tranny). So given that, I have a couple of questions for those with more experience than I... 1) Is a firearms safety class worth it, or will the instructions of a VERY experienced friend be suitable? If the former, any recomendations on where to find good classes? Do local police departments typically offer such classes? 2) I'd like to purchase both a shot gun, and eventually a hand gun. Any recommendations on each? Looking for something that's reliable, but not terribly expensive, suitable for target shooting, pigons etc. I really enjoyed the Beretta, but I really don't have anything to compare it against as this is the first 12 guage I've fired. Thanks to all in advance!