that is some patience there to stick with a gun 4 years without getting a hit. I might have taken up a different hobby by then were I in your shoes.
Not really. When I was single, I lived in Saint Louis and had no place to shoot. The rifle was in a closet. After I married and moved to rural Illinois, it was time to get familiar with the rifle.
I still did not have the basics learned but this ROTC instructor got me squared away.
Under his tutoring I learned a lot. From there is was a simple step to get into reloading and all that comes with it.
I don't think I would have stuck with it without some tutoring. That is why I like going to the range. I meet great people who are fantastic shots and they help me get better.
When I can get a police marksmanship instructor comment on my groups in a positive manner, I know I am doing something right.