If you have been interested in getting a gun to carry or to hunt, but you haven't had a lot of experience with guns and you don't know what to buy, there are some things to consider. You don't want to buy something without knowing what you are buying, and you don't want to just go into a store and pick something off the counter. Here are some things to think about before you make a purchase, and so you are prepared to buy your first firearm.
Train and Get a Permit
Go through a firearm training class and get certified to carry if you are considering carrying the gun with you in your vehicle. You may find that the gun you borrow and use in your class is what you want to buy, or that you are looking for something different. This is one of the easiest ways to figure out what type of shooting you are comfortable with, and what gun to shop for.
Evaluate Your Needs
Take the time to figure out what you will be using the gun for. If you are using the gun for leisure and hobby shooting and training, this wouldn't be the same type of gun you would want for protection. You will want to practice with any gun that you are using for protection, but the size, power, and cost will be different.
Hunting rifles and shotguns are much different than handguns and come with a lot of specs and optics or other add on options that improve the hunting experience. Talk with the sales professionals and do extensive research on what gun is best for what you are using the gun for.
Set a Budget
You want to set a budget for the cost of the firearm, the shells or bullets you will need, and for the proper storage case. You want to be sure that if the gun is stored at your home, it is in a proper case or protected, or if it's in your vehicle it is also safe. Set a budget for the total cost to purchase everything you need.
Buy New First
Buying a new gun that you know is safe from a store or dealer is ideal for your first purchase, so you don't have anything to worry about with quality and function. If you think that you want to buy a used gun to save some money, find a certified used dealer that inspects the used firearms and ensures they are good for use.
When you are buying a gun for the first time you want to know what to do with it before you shoot, and you want to get a gun that is appropriate for a first-time gun owner. Set a budget look at your options and practice with your firearm as much as you can.
For more information about firearms for sale in your area, contact a local firearms store.