So, you are ready to take the plunge and become a responsible gun owner. Congratulations! This is a great first step in taking advantage of your Second Amendment rights, securing your home, and being a part of the great American tradition of gun ownership.
You may have pondered buying a certain type of firearm for a long time, but are now ready to join the millions of people who legally own a gun in the US. In this new endeavor, we’re mainly talking about buying a handgun or pistol for home defense.
Here are some steps you should take before you purchase your very own gun.
Step 1: Talk to Friends or Family for Research
If you have some friends who are very knowledgeable about handguns, you may want to get their opinion on the type you should buy for your first one. Most gun owners are more than happy to clue you in on the ropes of gun ownership. They probably have favorite brands and accessories that they stick to.
Of course, you can always turn to the internet for advice and help from pro gun websites, like the National Rifle Association or the Gun Owners of America. Each of these websites and many more offer articles and blog posts that will talk about beginner gun ownership.
Step 2: Visit a Gun Show or Convention
It may be helpful to visit a gun show that will have many vendors and booths available, which can give you some practical advice. They will also make recommendations on what to buy as a first time gun owners. Or you might be wise to check out the NRA’s annual convention. This is a great place to gather facts and information since the vendors there aren’t actually selling anything. It’s just a place to see what’s new and available on the market.
Step 3: Go to the Shooting Range
You want to get some lessons on actually firing a weapon. You can usually rent different models at the range to figure out what you’ll be the most comfortable with using for your size and frame. Sign up for some classes or enlist a buddy that can give you some tips when you go. Most of the larger ranges all over America offer beginner gun lessons or gun safety courses that will give you the skills you need to feel comfortable with a handgun or pistol.
Step 4: Buy the Gun (Obviously)
Choose a store in your area that you are comfortable going to. Get to know the sales people a little bit so that they can also make recommendations for you. Don’t buy the first gun they suggest. By the time you go into the store after you have taken the proper steps to get ready, you’ll probably have a pretty good idea of the gun you want to buy.
After You Buy Your First Firearm
Once you purchase your firearm, make sure you also buy a gun safe to properly store it in your home. This is an important part of the process that you don’t want to wait on.
~ Firearm Daily