Buying your first gun can be an incredibly overwhelming and intimidating experience, especially if you’re new to the gun world and have little or no experience with guns. But it doesn’t HAVE to be difficult or uncomfortable, if you just take a little time and follow this advice…
First thing, don’t get into a big hurry. A panic buy is an impulse buy, and you will (more often than not) end up with buyers’ remorse. So, TAKE YOUR TIME. If you have any friends that are into gun culture (and chances are good that you do), ask them for their opinion. Have them take you to their favorite gun store. Browse the selection. Pick a few guns up, see how they feel in your hands. Not so scary now, is it? Kinda feels good, doesn’t it? Now, make a note listing the guns you feel most comfortable holding and save that note for the next step. Don’t have any gun-loving friends? That’s ok, just head on over to your friendly neighborhood gun shop and browse their selection. Your intention should NOT be to buy a gun on this trip, but only to see what’s out there and to get a feel for what’s available to you in your area.
Next, it’s time to do some research. Remember that list you made? It’s time to go online and do some hunting. You can learn a LOT from other people’s experiences and mistakes, and it’s all out there on the internet just waiting for you to read and absorb, and it only costs you a little time. TheHighRoad.org is a great place to start your research. Gun lovers from all over the world go there to share stories and priceless information to help YOU
with your gun questions. “But what do I look for?” is what you’re probably asking now, yes? Well, what do you want from your new gun? Is it meant to be a daily carry gun? Home defense? Hunting
? Target shooting? Narrow down what you plan to use the gun for before you jump out into the deep end of the research pool. Once you know what you want to use the gun for, your research will be a lot easier. You want to find a gun that is both reliable and affordable for you. Familiarize yourself with the safety features your selected gun has. Ask yourself these questions: “How much does the gun cost and can I afford it? How heavy is the gun
? Do I have the strength to carry, hold, and fire the gun? What kind of recoil can I expect to experience from this gun? What are its limitations? How reliable is the gun? Are there any documented issues that the gun has that I should be worried about? Will it do the job that I need it to do? Is the ammunition for it overly expensive? Is it legal to own in my area? Do I like the way the gun feels in my hands? Am I pleased with the overall appearance of the gun?” These are all important questions that you should have answers to before you make your final selection.
Finally, once your research has been completed and all of your questions are answered, find a reputable gun dealer in your area to supply you with the gun of your choice. Again, the wonderful people at TheHighRoad.org or any number of other gun forums on the internet will gladly supply you with recommendations for places to make your purchase.
I hope this has helped to make finding the perfect gun for you a little easier and a lot less stressful. Happy shooting y’all!