"...they were eager to..." Hi. Shooters are just like that. Most shooters, of any discipline, will bend over backwards to help a new shooter, including letting you shoot their firearms. Happens at CMP matches too.
Join a local shooting club and you'll find the same thing applies. Joining a local club will open other doors too. Invites to hunt locally, etc.
Contact the NRA if you can't find a local club. Or ask at your local gun shop.
"...Targets were..." Bullseye shooting. Do it. It'll make you a better shooter. Competitive bullseye shooting is great fun too. Just don't worry about placing.
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