Buying a Handgun? Here’s 5 Tips for Your First Gun Purchase

You got into a dispute with your neighbor. Your neighbor flew into a rage and threatened to shoot you. Your heart races. No one has ever threatened you this way.

You stop by the police station to get a restraining order. However, the police said that getting a restraining order will be a difficult task. You feel angry and dejected. 

You wonder about buying a handgun for protection. But you’ve never owned a gun before. 

Where do you start?

Before buying a gun, know the type of handgun that’s right for you. For instance, choose a smaller handgun if you intend to get a conceal-carry permit.  

Also, be aware of federal and local laws before buying a gun. This article will show you some other tips for a first time gun buyer. Read further if you wish to know more.  

1. Gun Safety Measures

Keep your gun unloaded, even when it’s not in use. Many people have succumbed to injury or death due to a leftover round in the chamber. You should always handle your gun as if loaded. 

Never point your gun at a person, even it if’s unloaded. Point the gun in a safe direction at all times. 

When practicing, consider what’s behind and around the target that you’re shooting. And, wear eye and ear protection when hunting or practicing. 

You should also separate your gun and ammunition in the home. Doing so prevents children from playing with a loaded gun. 

2. Choose a Suitable Handgun

A first-time gun buyer must know the right type of handgun to use. For instance, larger handguns tend to be more accurate because of the long sight plane and recoil reduction. However, they’re harder to conceal in public.

If you want a lighter firearm, choose a revolver.

  • Note: Semi-automatic pistols such as .44 magnum are more complex due to such learning curves as chambering rounds and clearing jams. 

Revolvers are also easier to handle and a good choice for newbie gun owners.

3. Know the Laws

Before buying a gun, you must pass a federal background check if you buy a gun from a Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL). You don’t have to go through a background check if you buy the gun from:

  • The Internet
  • A private seller
  • A gun show

However, refer to state and local laws regarding additional regulations on firearms ownership. 

4. Maintain Your Gun

You should clean your firearm regularly so it can work effectively. Failure to do so could cause malfunctions and safety mishaps. Refer to your manual for specific cleaning instructions. 

Moreover, check for expired ammunition. To protect your ammunition shelf life, store it in a cool, dry place. This is especially useful for bulk ammo.

5. Buy a New Gun

Used guns are a cheaper option. However, buying a used gun is a mistake for novice gun buyers. A used gun could be defective.

You could also encounter a shady gun dealer. Also, you’ll get a manufacturer’s warranty with a new gun. Used guns typically don’t have a warranty.

Buying a Handgun the Right Way

Before buying a handgun, know your state and local laws. Local laws may forbid you from discharging your gun in residential zones. Find a shooting range where you can practice safely. 

Adhere to the safety standards of your local gun range. And, assume you’re handling a loaded gun, even if you know it’s not loaded. To enhance safety, choose a weapon that’s accessible to beginning shooters, such as a basic revolver.

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