Just a short note about equipment and the first time field-target shooter. Do NOT go to Wal-Mart, Dicks, etc and buy a rifle you will be disappointed for sure. There have been many before you who have tried and failed, ultimately ending up wasting money.
The latest "thing" for trying to sell rifles in the big-box stores is high FPS, but that means absolutely nothing when it comes to accuracy. In fact, slower is more accurate. First of all, a pellet leaving a rifle above the speed of sound is really loud. Second, if the pellet is traveling above the speed of sound when it leaves the barrel then it typically slows below the speed of sound before it hits the target. When this happens the pellet typically tumbles and accuracy is lost. Other things to consider are that pellets are typically designed to be shot at an optimum velocity. Meaning that a JSB Exact Heavy coming out at 865 will most likely be more accurate than the same pellet coming out at 930 fps. As the speed increases in the barrel the barrel then becomes even more picky with regards to everything about the pellet...head, softness, weight, etc.
My suggestion is to spend some time shooting different pellet rifles and/or pistols at one of our matches. Doesn't cost anything and you'll learn a CRAZY amount about the guns that we shoot, what works, and what doesn't work. The most frustrating thing is to buy a piece of equipment only to find out it doesn't work or isn't accurate. Then you're frustrated, and broke, and either have to find more money or give up in frustration. Either way, it's an issue.
The people involved in field target are all too happy to share their addiction, so please, please, please seek their advice and help. We've all been where you are and have learned a lot to get where we are now.
Once you do get interested in field target, whether you have your equipment or not, just go out and shoot. I get some people telling me that they want to practice some more before they come to a match...wrong. Just go to the match and you'll improve so much quicker. You'll get tips and advice from those shooting with you. We also get some that come out saying they've been able to hit the 50 yard target in their back yard 100% of the time. They get out to an actual match and miss it 100% of the time. It's a different world when you have the wind, sun, and timers added to the mix.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. You can submit questions through this web site and I'll try and respond promptly.