I had my first firearms familiarization course two weeks ago that included an hour of range time. I had never shot with a handgun before that time (I used a fairly large Beretta 9mm) and the instructor thought I shot OK with pretty good aim. It had quite a kick and the gun felt big for my hands. The instructor was great and it was a fun and informative class. I learned to load a 17 rd magazine which was not as simple as one might think.
My goal is to be able to acquire my first handgun, a CCW, and I have been advised to rent several types of handguns at the range to see what I am comfortable with. I wanted to get advice from this forum if they think that instead of starting my trial shooting by myself I instead go for some private instruction at the range - it's $50 per hour and they provide range time and a rental gun, I just pay for 100-200 rounds of ammo? I feel like I need to learn a little more about hands on with these firearms - not just shooting, but basic handling, effective concealing, counseling on what types of guns might be appropriate for my needs, maintaining the guns, etc.
Do you think this l might be wise for me since I have such limited experience and do not know anyone with enough experience with firearms who I can consult? How many lessons might I need to take to effectively carry on by myself?