There’s merit in the notion of starter rigs. Maximum tech and longed-for glitz are easy to justify from the “want” perspective, but those things can get in the way of establishing actual competence in any undertaking.
Certain types of shooters turn up their noses at little rimfires. This month we have a rifle from Ruger and a cartridge from Hornady that prove that is a big mistake.
The “Heartland First Shots” activities in Nebraska are designed to let people get acquainted with the shooting sports.