First Firearm Purchase: What To Know

Purchasing a firearm is a big decision, and one that shouldn't be taken lightly. Like many tools, guns are dangerous only when they are not used with proper training and responsibilities in place. There are three basic rules promoted by responsible and safe gun handlers. (1) Always keeping the gun pointed in a safe direction. (2) Always keep your finger off the trigger until you're ready to shoot. (3) Always keep the gun unloaded until ready to use.

While these simple directions can help protect you initially, it's best to have a firm understanding of the rules of safety and types of guns before you begin shopping for your first firearm.

Steps to Take Before Buying Your First Firearm

Perhaps the best first step is finding a local, licensed firearms dealer and discussing with an experienced instructor training classes that you can take. A basic firearms safety class is the best place to start. While placing a call or doing online research is good, meeting someone face-to-face can help ensure that you take the time to answer all of your questions before making a purchase. 

You should also consider:

  • Carefully reviewing all safety recommendations on the NRA Gun Safety website.
  • Finding a gun range and shop that allows you hands-on time with various firearm options before making your purchase.
  • Research various training options online, but still speak with local professionals with deep knowledge of the industry.
  • Speak with family members or friends who have purchased guns in the past and seek advice on their favorite options.

It's important to understand how you plan to use your gun: hunting, bullseye practice, tactical training, recreational shooting etc. Each discipline lends itself to different gun types, caliber and accessories.

Protecting Yourself and Your Family with Gun Safety Tips

One of the biggest concerns that families have is child safety in the home. There are some fantastic resources online, such as the NRA's Eddie Eagle Tree House, helping kids and families understand how to navigate responsible, safe and thoughtful gun ownership. Experts recommend and practice child-proofing your home, office and vehicle(s) or anywhere else kids might potentially be exposed to firearms without the supervision of an experienced gun owner. It’s your responsibility as a gun owner to ensure that your firearms do not get into the wrong hands.

Finding the Right Gun for Your Needs

Rifle or handgun? Shotgun or small pistol? Narrowing the vast array of firearms to a few choices can seem overwhelming, but it doesn't have to be. The size and type of gun that you select is very personal. What works for a parent, friend or significant other may be wrong for you -- and that's okay!

You need to find a gun that not only meets your interests and needs, but also fits with your physiology. For instance, a small statured person most-likely would not prefer a first firearm that is difficult to manipulate and control. A person of more significant stature may have hands that are too large to easily and safely manage a pocket-sized handgun and might prefer something that has a little more size and weight.

When you're researching a new gun, you can feel confident that the professionals at KelTec are offering good advice to help you get started. Our top-quality guns, parts, and accessories are manufactured to give you the tools to secure your world and ensure that you get a lifetime of enjoyment out of your gun purchase. Visit us online anytime!

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