Buying your first firearm is a big responsibility.
While many Americans take it for granted to go to the gun shop and get anything they like with just a background check, it really goes more in-depth on the personal responsibility level.
But what do you have to consider if you’re buying your very first firearm? Well, it’s actually quite a lot. And we’re here to talk about that. So
From gun safety to keep your shooting skills up, we’ll go over the four most important things that you should remember about getting your first hunting gun, storing it, and actually living with a firearm.
Alright! Now without spending any more time on the intro, let’s get started with the very first thing on the list!
Understanding how to keep guns safe is of utmost importance.
Guns are dangerous. (Duh!)
Once you buy a weapon it’s your responsibility to keep it stored safely, where only you can access it. That means that the sock drawer or under your pillow isn’t an option.
These places are just too insecure. Everyone can have access to them. You wouldn’t want your kid to find it. Even more, if you become a victim of burglary, you don’t want someone to steal your weapon.
You’re getting into dangerous territory. That’s why it’s best to invest in a safe. And no, a Walmart one will hardly do the job. Choose a safe around the $600 mark to make sure your weapon is stored securely and you’re the only one with access to it.
You should definitely go to gun safety and firearms training classes, even if you know how to handle a gun.
Even if you know how to handle a gun, you should go to a training class.
The thing with owning a firearm is that there’s always something to be learned or refreshed. In other words, you never know enough.
So, even if you’ve handled a gun before, or your dad taught you how to shoot one, you should go to a firearms training class and hear it all over again but from a professional. After all, they’re the professionals.
Make sure you’re fully aware of all the local laws before purchasing your first firearm.
Laws are laws, and if you’re looking to buy something a bit more special in terms of a firearm, it’s best to do your research before purchasing.
See, you’re allowed to own a gun in the US, in most states, as it’s protected under the Constitution, but in some cases, it’s a bit different.
Meaning, you may be surprised to find out that some additions to your gun are illegal in your state, and you can’t buy, own, or use them.
Maybe you should begin with target shooting before you start hunting.
If it’s your first time owning a gun, start with target shooting. See, while hunting can be exciting, it’s also something that’s not for everyone.
Shooting a gun isn’t for anyone too. That means you should make sure you’re capable of pulling the trigger before you walk into the woods with your gun for the first time.
Go to a shooting class. Practice on targets. See if it’s something you enjoy and then buy a firearm.