To a lot of veteran firearm owners, these seem like common sense. But to a new firearm owner, these are important things to know.
If you’re the kind of person who has to tell themselves not to buy a new gun, because you’ve got too many already, some of these points will come as no surprise.
But if you’re purchasing a gun for the first time, or know someone who is, it’s worth bringing these things up. Every gun is a highly sophisticated tool, and you need to know as much about it as you can before becoming proficient.
Here are some things new gun owners ought to know.
Understand why you’re buying a firearm
Defense? Competitive shooting? Concealed carry? Hunting deer? Hunting turkey? Hunting dove? There are so many different reasons that someone might want to own a firearm. What will be the type of firearm that you focus on buying?
For instance, you wouldn’t want to buy a Desert Eagle if you were wanting to conceal carry. Maybe you wanted a trusty gun that can kill deer and hogs. Whatever your intention, figure out why you want to buy a firearm and then go from there when it comes to caliber, size, brand, etc.
Your grip is key
If you want to be able to shoot your new firearm effectively and on target, then you need to focus on getting your grip down. In essence, nothing else matters outside of your grip. If you can control the gun with a good, strong, consistent grip, then your bullets should be going on target.
You need to train with your new firearm
A lot of new gun owners generally get such a high from simply having the firearm, that they forget that they need to actually train with that firearm now. This is especially important if that firearm is going to be your new concealed carry weapon. In the concealed carry class you do get some training, but it is not nearly enough. Get into a class and learn the basics of shooting.
A lot of new firearm owners don’t understand the importance of cleaning their firearm. I know this because I was one of those people. When you buy your new firearm, grab a small cleaning kit. You don’t need a huge, fancy one, just get a nice, pocket-sized cleaning kit, watch some YouTube videos or ask some friends about how to clean your firearm and do it on a regular basis. A clean firearm is a working firearm.
Get to know your local laws
Is open carry legal? Do you know if you can carry in your car? Do you need to be a part of a gun club in order to carry or legally own a firearm? Every state has different laws and to get even more specific, there are some cities that have their own firearm laws. You need to get to know your local laws intimately and obey them. If you want to be a law abiding citizen then the best way to do that is to follow the law, even if you don’t agree with them.
Go to a local gun shop
The people who work at local gun shops are generally extremely knowledgeable and you’ll be able to ask all the questions you want and get real answers in order to make an informed purchase. You want someone who will be able to help you pick and buy not only the right firearm, but also the right ammo. Your friends can offer suggestions, but a professional working at a local gun shop will be able to give you all the answers you need to be a well informed firearm owner.
It’s all personal preference
Everyone and their mother will have an opinion about a certain caliber or certain brand or certain firearm type. Do your research for sure, but when it comes right down to it, it’s all personal preference. Find out what works best for you. Only your decision matters because you’re going to be the one who uses it.