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Tips for New Gun Owners

If you are a new gun owner, it's important to prioritize safety and responsibility. Here are some tips to help you get started:

  • Educate Yourself: Take a comprehensive firearm safety course or training program. Learn about the basic principles of firearm operation, safe handling, storage, and local laws regarding gun ownership.

  • Practice Safe Handling: Always treat a gun as if it's loaded, even if you believe it's not. Keep your finger off the trigger until you're ready to shoot. Point the muzzle in a safe direction at all times.

Choose the Right Gun: Select a firearm that suits your needs, experience level, and intended purpose. Seek advice from knowledgeable individuals or a reputable gun store to help you make an informed decision.

  • Familiarize Yourself with the Gun: Read the owner's manual and become familiar with the specific features, mechanisms, and safety mechanisms of your firearm. Practice manipulating the controls until you feel comfortable with them.

  • Practice Proper Storage: When not in use, store your firearms securely in a locked container, such as a gun safe or lockbox, that is inaccessible to unauthorized individuals, especially children. Consider using trigger locks or cable locks for an additional layer of security.

biometric trigger lock for handguns, shown with gun in lock
  • Select the right holster for your needs and one that fits your firearm. Consider how you'll carrry in any given situation from sitting at your desk to jogging, or in dress attire. You'll need a hostler or carry solution for every situation.

  • Invest in Safety Equipment: Purchase essential safety gear, such as hearing protection and eye protection, to safeguard yourself while shooting.

  • Regular Maintenance: Learn how to clean and maintain your firearm properly. Follow the manufacturer's recommendations and perform routine maintenance to ensure your firearm operates safely and reliably.

  • Follow Local Laws: Familiarize yourself with local, state, and federal laws regarding gun ownership, transportation, and use. Stay up to date on any changes or updates to these laws.

  • Seek Ongoing Training: Consider taking additional training courses to improve your shooting skills, expand your knowledge, and reinforce safe handling practices. Ongoing practice and training are essential for responsible gun ownership.

  • Join a Community: Engage with responsible gun owners and join local shooting clubs or organizations. Participating in a community of experienced individuals can provide valuable insights and support.

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Author - Jared Sturtevant |

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