Buying Your First Gun: What You Need to Know
So, you've decided to buy your first gun, and you have some questions. Maybe you feel a little strange about letting people know it is your first time buying a gun. Maybe you have questions about background checks and laws. You are sure to have questions about the kind of gun that is right for you We are here to help!
So, here is your definitive guide to buying your first gun:
Visiting the Store
It might seem obvious, but the best first step is to visit a gun store and ask questions. Some first time buyers are afraid to admit they don't have any gun experience and visit a store pretending to know a lot. Don't be that guy (or girl). Most gun store associates really enjoy walking people through the basics. It's like having a new friend who just joined the team. They are excited to have you with us and happy to help you out.
Gun Store Etiquette (Gun Safety)
When you step into the gun store, it helps to have an idea of what you are looking for. It isn't essential, but if you know whether or not you want a handgun (pistol) or a rifle it helps the associate know where to start. What is essential is basic gun safety. Here are the four basic rules of gun safety:
- Treat every gun as if it is always loaded (even if you know it isn't loaded).
- Never point a gun at anyone or anything you don't intend to destroy (Keep the muzzle pointed away from people at all times. It is easier than you think to hold the gun in such a way that you inadvertantly point it at someone.)
- Keep your finger off the trigger until you have your sights on your target (which means you shouldn't touch in the gun store).
- Know your target and what is behind it. (Doesn't apply in the gun showroom since you won't be firing the gun in the store.)
What Are You Planning To Use The Gun For?
Knowing what gun you want to buy is not essential, but it sure helps to know what you plan to use it for when you come to the store looking for a gun. Do you want something just for target shooting or do you need a hunting rifle? Are you looking for a defense gun? If so, will it be for daily carry or home defense only?
Come on in and have a look. We can help you out.