Handgun 101: 4 Tips for First-Time Gun Owners

As the new owner of a handgun, you’ve entered the world of both a fantastic hobby and of serious responsibility. If you’ve just bought your first handgun, there are a few things you should be sure to do. Below are four tips that every new handgun owner needs to keep in mind.

Know the Law

It’s up to you to know the laws about handguns in your area. While you may not agree with all the laws—and some of them really are a bit much—you need to follow them. Check to make sure that your gun was purchased legally and that you have any kind of licensure you might need for the weapon. You should also check out your state’s laws on carrying the weapon in public and those surrounding concealed carry before you take the gun out of the house.

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Learn More about Your Gun

Take the time to learn more about your gun. There’s a huge difference, for example, between revolvers and a semi-automatic pistol. Take some time to learn how your gun works, how you can maintain it, and how it handles. It’s a great idea to go out to a shooting range and try out the gun in a safe setting that will give you time to practice. The more you know about your gun, the more effective a gun owner you’ll become.

Take a Class

It’s also a great idea to take a handgun training class. Even if you have a good deal of experience with firearms, a class can help you to learn more about proper safety, and shooting techniques. Most gun shops and ranges have classes that can help you learn everything from firearm basics to how to effectively use your weapon in different situations. This is a great way to become more familiar with your new firearm and to spend time with other new enthusiasts.

Invest in Security

Finally, make sure you invest in the proper security for your new weapon. A gun isn’t a toy, after all, and every responsible gun-owner knows to keep his or her handgun in a place where it won’t be accessed by those without the proper training and discipline. Only you know what kind of security is right for your home, so do some research to figure out what will work best for you.

Always educate yourself about your gun. Know the law, know your weapon, and know how to take care of it correctly. Get the training you need to be a good owner and to be able to participate in gun ownership responsibly. The more you know, the better you’ll be able to enjoy your new purchase and handle yourself.



About the Author:

Emma is a freelance writer living in Boston. When she manages to tear herself away from the computer, she enjoys baking, rock climbing, and film noir.

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