Well I picked up my SR9 today and got to shoot it on their range. I need practice, lots and lots of practice! This is my first handgun and I pretty much embarrassed myself today.
I'm going to disagree with some of the posts here and say that practice without instruction does not make perfect, it only reinforces bad habits and leaves you frustrated and bored.
Find some classes that will show and reinforce the basics of safety and shooting. IMHO, you'll enjoy the sport much more if you learn how to do it properly and do it safely with others.
What we don't need is another bozo out in the woods, at a quarry, or any other local shooting place, blasting away without knowing what he's doing. The fact that you're starting out on a forum is encouraging and it sounds like you don't want to be "that guy". There is a tremendous amount of enjoyment to be had with firearms, just want to see you starting out on the right foot!