Knowing which gun to buy can be challenging, especially if you are a beginner in the world of firearms. If that is your current predicament, then we are here to help! In this article, we will give you some tips to guide you through buying your first gun.
What does it take to buy a gun?
The first thing you ought to know before buying your first gun is to know the information about your eligibility for gun ownership. Yes, laws tend to vary depending on the country or the state you live in.
For example, in Japan, you must take a firearm training class and pass the test. In New Zealand, you must pass the background check to prove that you don’t have a criminal record and are healthy, and in Mexico, you must be authorized by local authorities, provide proof of employment status, pass the background check, and travel to the only legalized store, etc.
In spite of the differences, most laws require that you be of proper age, be mentally stable, and demonstrate that you need a gun legally.
- Do your own research or ask gun and legal experts for advice before buying a gun
What to do when buying a gun for the first time
1. Plan adequately
Preparing in advance and sufficiently will help you avoid the mistakes that many beginners make when shopping and using their first gun. This is where you should come up with genuine reasons for owning a gun.
List the desired gun features, the amount of money you are willing to spend, etc. Most importantly, you should also prepare mentally to be able to own and use a gun safely.
- Guns are dangerous, so only buy when you are ready, physically, and mentally and in real need of one.
- Learn how to use a gun ideally from a certified trainer, before buying one.
2. Find the Right Gun
As you walk into gun stores or shop for a gun online, you will realize that there are many types of guns that serve different purposes like self-defense, hunting, and recreational shooting, etc. As a beginner, you should focus only on buying a type that will cater to your needs.
One of the best firearms for beginners is a smaller one like the Glock series along with an accessory like the Scorpus Covert holster. The holster is nice to have an accessory if you are planning to carry your new gun around.
Many newbies in gun ownership have fallen into the trap of buying firearms from the black market, where they are often cheaper but only to get into legal problems.
The black market for guns is a path that you shouldn’t even think about, especially if you are in places where the laws on illegal possession of a firearm can get you serving very long sentences.
To know about authorized dealers in your region, do a bit of research first before buying.
- Ideally, go for new guns that are properly licensed instead of trying to get one via the backdoor.
4. Inspect and test
Faulty and substandard guns can make their way into any store, and first-time buyers are at the highest risk of being duped by rogue gun dealers.
For this reason, you should inspect before paying for your gun. Confirm that all the accessories are in the case and that there are no faults in the gun.
- Ensure that the gun has a warranty and you can return it back to the dealer if there is an immediate problem.
Suggested reading: How to Properly Store Your Guns Long-Term
Buying your first gun can be as simple as you want it to be. But, this is only if you educate yourself, get the right training and make appropriate choices!