Thanks for the replies guys. I'm not so sure what kind of shooting I want to get into. home defense is my number one goal but hunting would be fun. If I were to purchase a rifle, I'd like something with a wood stock that feels solid. For a handgun, revolver would be my choice.
I live somewhat close to a few shooting ranges, one of them being outdoor. I've been to the indoor one and nobody was very helpful. They just pointed me towards snubs and .22's
I was thinking about going into that pawn shop tomorrow and offering the guy $70 for the Marlin and hope he takes it. That way I can save up for something bigger.