What to Know Before Buying Your First Gun
Are you getting ready to buy your first gun? There are more guns than people in American households, so it makes sense that you’d like to join the group.
You don’t want to go in blind when you’re buying your first gun. Having a gun is a big responsibility and too many people don’t do their research ahead of hand.
We’re here to help you learn. Keep reading to learn a few things that you need to know before buying a gun online or elsewhere.
Basic Gun Safety
Gun safety is the first thing on our list, and for good reason. Before you look into where to buy a gun, how to buy a gun, or what kind of gun you’re looking for, you need to know the basics of gun safety.
These are weapons, not toys. If you’re not careful, you can hurt (or kill) someone by accident. We have a few gun safety tips to get you started, but it’s helpful to contact a professional.
First, always assume that your gun is loaded (even when you know it isn’t). Even if you took out the bullets yourself, assume that you’re wrong.
Never point a gun at someone who you don’t intend to harm. Because we’re assuming that the gun is always loaded, always assume that accidents can happen.
Store your gun in a safe place. If you need it to be accessible in a hurry, make it somewhere that you can get to with ease, but another person would struggle with. This is especially important if you have small children.
Basic Gun Use
Before buying a gun (and right after you get your gun) it’s a good idea to get training so you know how to use it.
Many people underestimate the difficulty of shooting a gun in real life. They may be used to what they see on television or playing video games. The real-life experience is far different.
When you take a class, you’ll learn all about proper aim, the power of recoil, and proper hand placement (as well as more gun safety). Classes are a worthwhile expense.
Types of Guns: What Do You Need?
Not all guns are alike. Depending on what you’re planning on using the gun for, you’re going to want to choose a specific type.
There are a few common types of guns that most gun shops will carry. There are guns that are better for protection and guns that are better for hunting. Not all guns are legal in all areas, so make sure that you know the gun laws in your area before making your purchase.
Speaking of gun laws, it’s crucial that you know them before you buy your gun.
States vary when it comes to how (and where) you’re able to carry your gun. They may have firearm registries or require certain permits (and have different permit requirements).
This information is easily accessible online, but ask an instructor if you’re unsure.
Buying Your First Gun: Are You Ready?
Make sure that you learn and internalize all of this information before buying your first gun. Your top priority is safety, and knowing the laws, safety guidelines, and proper gun use is the best way to stay safe.
Talk to a gun safety instructor today and set up an appointment for a shooting class.
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