What's a good first course to take for firearms training?
handgun shotgun or rifle?
AND a good first course to practice is proper weapons handleing.And then go over the weapon functions and go from there.
As I have said before: If you want the best, and can afford the time and $$, you must consider the Front Sight school, in the Pahrump Nevada area.
front sight is by far the best. hands down. but pricey. my suggestion is find a local CCW class (providing you are fortunate enough to live in a CCW state). most of them will have training classes for all kinds, basic safety, handling fundamentals. in most cases they will have these classes without having to obtain a CCW, and its a lot cheaper. we have three instructors here and all of them offer a FREE handgun training class to woman.