What You Need To Know Before Purchasing Your First Firearm
Purchasing your first handgun is an exciting and sometimes scary experience. Walking into a gun shop for the first time can be a little overwhelming. There are so many different handguns to choose from, it can be difficult to find the one that is right for you. Lucky for you and me, there are a few things you can do to make the experience a lot more enjoyable.
Purchasing Your First Handgun
What purpose will this gun have?
Will you be using it for self-protection, and protection of your family and home? Will you be carrying it on you at all times? Or, do you just want to go to the range and shoot for fun? These are some important questions to ask yourself. Letting your salesman know what the purpose is will help them figure out the size, caliber and barrel you’ll need.
Do you want a semi-automatic or a revolver?
Knowing the difference will help you chose which one is right for you. Taking into consideration the differences in size, cartridge capacity, the reliability of each, how each feels in your hand, the grip, and especially how you feel about reloading your gun under pressure and stress.
Low caliber is the way to go!
When just starting out, you do not want a gun that is going to give you a lot of kickback. Starting with a .22 will help and trust me, you’ll enjoy learning a lot more if you aren’t being pushed back off your feet.
What’s it feel like in your hands?
Your hands and my hands are totally different. As a result, what may feel right in my hands may be uncomfortable in yours. I had been raised around guns my whole life, and although my dad made sure I knew how to use a rifle, I had never held a handgun in my life. I was a nervous wreck the first time I walked into our local gun shop in search of my first handgun. But I told the salesman that I had never held one before and he helped me find one that was comfortable. It is important to hold each of the guns you are interested in so you know if the grip is right for you. How does it feel? Is it too heavy? Does it feel like it could slip in your hands?
Do your research!
You are going to be completely lost if you walk into a gun shop and don’t have an idea of what you are looking for. Sure, the salesman will help you, but if you have a better idea of what you want, than the entire process will go smoother. By reading other articles about what is available and then reading the reviews about those handguns, it’ll help to point you in the right direction.
Try it before you buy it!
If you visit the range, with the list of the guns you are interested in, they may just have them there. You’ll be able to try them out and make a more informed decision about what it is that you are looking for and needing in a gun.
Don’t scrimp on the cost when purchasing!
This is one area, that you really don’t want to go for what is cheaper. Cheaper made guns can sometimes be manufactured poorly, or have issues that you or the seller may not be aware of. A perfect way to avoid this from happening is to only buy from trusted sellers and trusted manufacturers.
Ready to make your purchase?
I can’t stress enough that it is really important to purchase from a trusted shop. There is a local sportsman shop that my father used to visit regularly when I was a kid. He went there for all his hunting, fishing, and camping gear. So when it came time for me to start my gun shopping, that was the place I went and I was thrilled that I did. They were super helpful, they guided me and they showed me what I would need, what I didn’t need and didn’t try to just make a lot of money off of me. I told them I was a beginner, what I was looking for, what I needed it for and that I had never held a handgun in my life. They were completely understanding and patiently answered all my questions. I walked out of there feeling extremely comfortable with my decision.
Making the decision to purchase your first handgun is a big one and it shouldn’t be taken lightly. You really do not want to go spend hundreds of dollars on a gun that you just don’t like or your too uncomfortable to use. By doing your research and making an informed decision about what it is you are looking for, you will save yourself a lot of money and aggravation!
Article contributed by Becca
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