What guns should I buy? is one of the worse questions a beginner can ask in general.
The better question would be, what is the best way to be introduced and buy my first gun? This question firmly states that you are a beginner and know very little and looking for information.
A question like, I have several handguns that I practice with regularly, and I am looking for a new concealed carry gun. What do you recommend? This question clearing starts you most likely not new to the world of firearms, and you are looking for a specific type of gun. This lets those you know quickly answer with their opinions.
Now going to answer the first question for this most often asked. In my opinion, hop in the car and go down to the local range. Inquire about an introductory pistol class. This will give you the fundaments to set up a good foundation in your use of firearms.
Once you have the class completed, range time. See what is available to rent and try out. Handle everything range has to offer. See what feels the best in your hand. Now is not the time to worry about what brand it is. That will come later. For now, it is about the feel of a gun in hand and putting lead downrange.
Now that you have put some lead downrange and have a feel for guns you like. Visit some other gun stores. Look around at what they have to offer. Ask to hold them and get a bit a feel for it. You already should have an idea by now. Often you will pick one up and go, this is the one.
Lets back up a moment talk about when you first go to the range. You will most likely have a bit of nervousness; this is normal. It is all new. The significant part of going to the range, instructors are ready for this and can help you along the way. They have a love of firearms and want others to enjoy them also.
There are indoor & outdoor ranges; they can have specific rules. Today we will just go over some the basics.
- Most importantly, be safe
- Be respectful
- If you don’t know, ask questions
- Always treat every gun if it were loaded
- Never point the gun at anything you are not willing to shoot and destroy.
- Always keep your finger off the trigger and out of the trigger guard until you are ready to fire.
- Always be sure of you target and what is behind it
- Always keep you calm.
Following these basic rules can make shooting at the range very enjoyable. Out in the country camping, setting up an impromptu range, still abide by these rules. It will keep you and others safe.
Practice these rules until they become second nature for when you take your family to the range. You can pass on what you have learned to them. Making it a great experience of learning and fun.
Once the shooting bug has bitten. Do some research to find out what other kinds of firearms you want to try out. Rifle, shotgun, pistol are your three major categories. After that, the variations are endless. With millions of words written about all of them and the ammunition used.
Many of you are looking for a gun for home or self-defense with what is going on globally. Do not limit your thinking to this, especially if you are prepping of some sort. Look into what would be suitable for hunting. Take some hunting trips. Excellent skills to have at your disposal.
Beyond defense and hunting, you have a multitude of shooting competitions that you can get into also. That will up your skills and can be a great pass time.
On the national level, the NRA sanctions over 11,000 shooting tournaments each year. This does not account for all the local matches that many gun clubs and ranges put on.
Trap & Skeet shooting: Used with different shotguns, shooting clays in the air. These are excellent sports and skills transfer over to bird hunting.
Basic to expert pistol competitions. The tournaments here seem to be endless of what you can get involved in.
Rifle again encompasses many different tournaments—everything from long range, speed, moving targets, to name a few.
Then you can get into 3-gun, go back in time with cowboy shoots, take a step down and go air rifle. Many clubs and organizations have a youth component for you to get your kids involved and to have fun with you.
No matter which route you take from your original question of what gun to get in the first place, don’t buy a gun and then put it lock cabinet or in a cupboard for the day you may need it.
Get it out, take it to the range, and get some practice in with it. Be comfortable with having it around. Practice getting to it quickly if you do keep it locked up. Take the extra step and obtain a concealed carry permit, the practice drawing it.
Learn the skills you need then practice them till they become part of your muscle memory.
Some places offer free basic classes on safety or take a hunter safety course that is generally free. There is no excuse to not get some instruction.
Safety is paramount
A firearm is a tool that can be used for fun, protection, hunting. Without the skills to use guns properly, then they become a danger.
You have purchased your firearm, taken some classes on proper use, taken some introductory courses.
Enjoy honing your skills with a new tool—a day at the range or a field.
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