5 Tips for New Handgun Owners

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A growing number of people are purchasing handguns. Gun owners, whether they have them for self-defense, target practice or collecting, have certain responsibilities. These tips can ensure you have a positive first-time experience after purchasing a firearm.

1. Learn the Rules in Your State

Each state sets its own laws and regulations about firearm ownership, handling, storage and transport. It is up to individual gun owners to know those laws and follow them, which is why one of the first things you should do — even before you purchase a firearm — is to research the laws in your state.

2. Choose the Right Holster

There are so many different holsters for new gun owners, that it can be overwhelming to find the right one for you. It is important to keep in mind why you need a holster in the first place: It helps keep your gun accessible and safe. To find the right one, look for a model that is comfortable to wear and that makes it easy for you to draw and reholster your firearm.

3. Invest in Proper Storage

There are so many reasons you should have a high-quality gun safe, it’s hard to believe that some people choose to forgo this critical aspect of gun ownership. The reality is that proper gun storage saves lives. This is especially true if there are visitors or other household members who are not familiar with guns. There are a few general rules to keep in mind when storing your firearm:

  • Ammunition and firearms should be stored separately
  • Guns should always be unloaded before storage
  • Firearms should be placed in a locked, tamper-proof cabinet or safe

4. Practice With Your Firearm

Proper practice makes perfect, or at least proficient; poor practice leads to poor performance. Lots of solid practice at the range will help you become a better marksman. Keep in mind that it is important that you use your own firearm when at the range so you have a chance to get comfortable with it.

5. Take Lessons With a Pro

Learning proper handling techniques from a professional instructor will improve your performance and safety. Even individuals who have spent their entire lives around guns can learn something new from a shooting pro. Talk to local ranges or, if that doesn’t work, search reputable organizations for learning opportunities in your area.

Learning from and practicing with a pro, following applicable laws and using safe storage techniques can all help you have a successful first-time gun experience.