Firearm Shopping Tricks For First Time Buyers

Posted on: 21 July 2018

Diving into gun ownership for the first time can be an intimidating prospect. You'll want to choose a gun that is easy to use and to care for and that you believe you can handle. There are several tricks that can make the process of sorting through firearms for sale easier.

Purchase Popular Gun Models

Guns that are popular are a safe bet since they are flying off the shelves for a reason. However, you should also consider whether you want a gun that is very simplistic or whether there are certain features you're looking for.

The NRA holds annual meetings where experts will be available to answer your questions about all of the available handguns. You won't have to worry about them trying to sell you a gun. 

Ask for Help From Friends and Family

It's much easier to dive into gun ownership if you have friends who can come with you to the gun range and answer any questions you have. By going to a gun range, you can ask questions about anything that you're not familiar with. 

Test Your First Gun

Contact the gun store beforehand to find out if they will allow you to perform a test firing. Oftentimes, guns that are the exact same type will feel and operate differently depending on their make and model. For that reason you should look for an opportunity to test a gun before purchasing it.

Revolvers are Typically Easier to Use

For most new gun owners looking for a firearm for self-defense, they will either settle on a pistol or revolver. Pistols use a magazine that contains several bullets. Once you have emptied a magazine, you simply replace it with a new one. With a revolver, you must replace each bullet individually. A revolver can take longer to load, but it also has the lowest learning curve to learn how to use.

One of the advantages of a revolver is that they are less likely to malfunction. If you are ever forced to use your firearm, you will not be able to afford to have your firearm malfunction even once. Also, the 5-8 bullets found in a revolver is usually enough for most self-defense situations.

Attend a Firearms Training Course

Even when purchasing a great first-time firearm, you will need to attend a firearms class and spend time at a shooting range so you can use your firearm effectively. A firearm course is essential for learning to use your firearm responsibly.