A new firearm user is likely to be apprehensive about buying a gun from a firearm shop. The task is a more daunting one if there is no one to advise him/her about finding the most suitable one. A gun shop sports many varieties of guns and it becomes difficult to select a gun and a gun case if the buyer is not familiar with related terminology such as kickback or caliber. This article aims to list six tips that buyers can track when making their first gun purchase.
Be Clear About the Intention
It is important that the buyer knows the reason for buying the firearm clearly. The firearm may be bought either for the purpose of self-defense or to improve shooting skills. Larry Bell, Forbes contributor, once wrote that he decided to buy a gun only to protect his family and loved ones and would not hesitate to use it if his family was in danger.
Take a Basic Training Course in Firearm Use
This is an important point to be in kept in mind before making a firearm purchase. Whatever the reason for the purchase of the gun: self-defense, safety, hunting, or just to be kept in a gun case, it is important to take a training course. Larry Bell goes to say that a firearm training course will familiarize the buyer with basic safety protocols and instill some skills to use the gun. He opines that handling or firing a gun for the first time is not as intimidating as it is imagined to be. A hands-on course helps the buyer-to-be to use different gun models and also to get some tips from the training experts.
Buy a Gun that Suits Body Size and Stature
It is critical to use a gun that suits the user’s body size and stature. Otherwise, gun control and operation turns out to be problem. According to Michael Zimmers (of ScopedIn) factors that determine the handgun’s size include the frame, barrel and grip, the last one being minor. Different gun brands have frames of different sizes which account for the different feel experienced when handling them. As an example, S&W has five different frame sizes. A buyer may have to try different sizes before finding a suitable one.
Choose The Right Handgun
It is also important to make a clear choice as to which handgun to buy, Zimmers adds, a revolver or a semi-automatic gun. Revolvers are simple-to-use machines that are easier to load and are less prone to errors. However, these handguns have a higher chance of malfunctioning. Whether to keep a gun loaded at all times is another factor to be considered. Loading a revolver is time consuming and may not work in an emergency. Keeping a loaded gun may not be comfortable to some users and laws of the land may also not permit it. In such a case, it is a good idea to choose an auto-loader. It also important to include the loading routine as part of the training program/range time, he opines.
Never Let Cost Be the Deciding Factor
Bell cautions against buying a gun just because it is cheap. It is always safer to buy well-known brands. If the chosen gun is a second-hand one, then it should be checked by a competent gunsmith before you shoot with it. This is to ensure that that the firearm is safe to be purchased and used. For a newbie, it is always better to buy a brand new gun.
Once a gun has been bought, it is important to practice using the gun regularly to become competent in its usage. Reaction times have to improve and quick unfazed action when under stress is very critical, Bell says. Small and lightweight guns do not have smooth recoil nor are they accurate. So are the short-barreled (with a modest caliber) ones. A threshold period is required for a majority of the guns before they can start to function dependably. It is also to be noted that some guns function most reliably with specific brands of ammunition.
It is a good idea to seek the advice of experts and experienced firearm users at the practicing range and within your circles before purchasing a gun and a gun case for the very first time.