Recent years have seen Americans buy as many as 20 million guns annually. Many of those people are first-time buyers. There’s no shame in being new to the world of gun ownership as everyone has to start somewhere. But a gun is not a purchase to be taken lightly. There are some steps every new gun owner should take before, during and after the purchase process. Here are a few of them:
Consider Your Options
What kind of firearm you want to purchase depends on what purpose you plan to use it for. Do you plan to use it to hunt? If so, what kind of hunting will you be doing? Or maybe you’re planning to use it for protection? Are you going to get a conceal carry license? All of these are important questions to ask yourself before you even look into a purchase.
Each state has its own sets of gun laws and regulations. These will determine what kind of gun and ammo you can buy, where you can carry it and what kind of features it can have. These laws will also tell you whether there will be a background check, or any training required before you can legally carry.
Consider Safety Measures
One of the most important things to learn as a new gun owner is safety. You should have a safe place to store the weapon at home, especially if there are children around. You should also know how to clean the gun and where to store ammo.
Take a Basic Shooting Course
If you want to be able to use your weapon both safely and proficiently, you may need training from a professional. Here at Shootrite Training LLC, we offer an NRA Basic Pistol Shooting Course. This course will teach students about the parts and operation of the gun, the basics of safe gun handling, shooting fundamentals, shooting from different positions, cleaning your pistol and more.
The course features two eight-hour sessions, at the end of which you’ll receive a completion certification. Contact us for more information!