Gear You Need As A First Time Gun Owner
Becoming a first time gun owner is an incredibly important, and often overwhelming decision. Not only are you faced with the numerous options of what type of firearm you want or need, as well as what brand and model, but then you need to determine which added necessities you are going to need to ensure safety, storage, cleaning, etc. The good news here is that we have taken the guesswork out for you. Here are the top items you will need to plan on buying in association with your investment.
For Your First Gun, Safety First
Gun Safety Items: You probably put a lot of time and effort in choosing your first gun. Now, it’s time to think about how to keep it safe. Investing in a gun safe and/or gun locks is a tremendously smart thing to consider and it’s essential if you have children in the home.
Safety Gear: After keeping it safe at home, you need to keep yourself safe and get gear specifically for training sessions and/or sport shooting. Some things you are going to need are ear protection, safety glasses, and a range bag. Ear and eye protection should be at the top of your list due largely to that fact that you won’t be permitted to shoot at most gun ranges without them.
How To Carry Your Gun
Gun Holster: If your first gun is a handgun, you should be sure to consider investing in a good, quality gun holster. Always double check the specs to ensure that the holster will suit your gun in terms of being able to wear your firearm comfortably and safely for your needs. If you have any questions or concerns about choosing the right gun holster, be sure to put forth some extra time and research into what is recommended for your personal gun’s model.
Range Bag/Storage Case: Whether you plan on it or not, you’ll probably have to transport your firearm at some point. Whether to the range, for traveling, or for training, you will want to opt to purchase a range bag or a handy storage case to ensure the safety and security of transporting your firearm. Most handguns come with cases, however, they are not always the best in quality, so you are going to want to be sure that you invest in a better, sturdier one at some point. Take into consideration all of the potential reasons why you may need to pack your gun along or store it.
Rounds To Put Down Range
Ammunition: If your firearm is to be used for self-defense, proper ammunition should be purchased at the same time you buy your gun. You should plan on purchasing at least a hundred rounds to keep in your home and at least another hundred rounds for training and practice sessions. Be sure to rotate your ammunition regularly and use the oldest first in order to ensure its quality and dependency.
Speed Loader/Spare Magazines: Speed loaders and spare magazines are incredibly useful and highly recommended for the convenience they offer gun users in terms of both sport use and training alike, as well as for situations requiring self-defense. If you have a semi-automatic firearm, you will want to purchase extra magazines; a magazine pouch is also highly recommended to keep it safe, organized, and clean. If you plan on purchasing a revolver, it is a good idea to check to see if a speed loader can be purchased for it as well.
How To Keep It Your Best First Handgun
Cleaning Kit: Cleaning is one of the most important things that new gun owners need to learn how to do. Your gun needs to be cleaned every time you shoot it, and also at least every six months, even if you are simply storing it. Be sure to invest in a kit that is specific to your gun and its features (ie handgun, rifle, magazines, etc.) Try selecting one that has the options to clean multiple calibers of firearms, especially if you plan on purchasing more guns in the future. Some important items you’ll want in your kit are: gun oil, brass jags, wipes, brushes, cleaning patches, and a brass patch holder. All are essential for your gun-cleaning kit.
Time: While this isn’t considered gear, time is of the utmost importance when it comes to first-time gun owners learning their new firearm. The more time you spend training and shooting it, the more comfortable and familiar you will be with it when the time comes that you may actually end up needing to use it. Be sure to look for training options that are available in your area, go to the range as often as you can, and be sure to read (and save) the owner's manual. Proper training is the easiest and best way that you can take the opportunity to get comfortable and ensure the utmost safety with your new firearm.
When choosing the best first gun, there is no right or wrong answer. Determine what your needs are, what your wants are, and what you feel like you would be most comfortable handling in terms of sport shooting, self-defense, and/or hunting. Once you determine what you want and what you are looking to get out of your new firearm, you can purchase your first handgun and all its essentials you will need for the comfort, quality, and safety of your firearm.