In NYC your fire arms options are limited. You need a license to fire any hand gun. But rifles are another matter. You can exercise your second amendment rights with a long gun fairly easily.
Note, I believe that this general rule (if not the specifics of how it is created) is a good idea. Almost all shooting deaths in America come from hand guns (Picture a mugging, a suicide, and a kid playing with a hand gun - compare what happens if you replace it with a long gun), while almost all legitimate uses of fire arms work BETTER with a long gun (hunting, walking safely through a crime ridden neighborhood, defending your home from an invading army). If it were up to me, rifles, silencers, large clips, and even 'convertible rifles' (weapons that are easily modifiable into fully automatic versions) would all be easy to obtain with no little if any background checks - but hand guns would require a federal license to carry (but that license would by definition allow concealed carry). Sorry about the political rant, back to my review. Back to the fun.
Firing a gun is pretty easy for anyone to do (hitting what you aim at is another matter). It doesn't require much strength. It is more of a male thing. It can be a bit of a rush - definitely gets the adrenaline pumping. Larger calibers have significant kickback - be prepared for it, or get hurt. It also is loud - you will want hearing protection, but a good shooting range will provide it.
Kids are not OK - sorry, in NY, that's the rule. There have been real cases in the US where the gun was too much for the kid and people got killed. Wait till they are old and strong enough to handle it.
The price is at the high end of cheap, but still less than a night on the town. Classes are reasonable, an if you love it, about the only real expense is purchasing the weapon, bullets are cheap.
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Note, this link takes you directly to the rifle sign up page. First time users pay $75 and get a safety class. After that it costs less than $50 per visit to the range.
If you want more, you can also sign up for a class at Orvis for 'wing shooting.'
http://www.orvis.com/adventures. It's on my list, but I haven't gotten around to trying them out yet.