Visit to Gun Shop and Range


Are you ready to buy your first handgun? Here are some important things you should know before heading to your local gun shop. First ask yourself whether you are going to be using your firearm for concealed carry, home defense, or target shooting. 





Do your research. The internet and gun magazines can be excellent sources of information to help you decide what firearm works best for you. You will also want to ask yourself what caliber you are interested in. And keep in mind, you will need to know the differences between revolvers and semi-autos. Write down your questions and the features that you know you like. Take them with you to your local gun shop. 

For those new to shooting and firearms, a gun shop can be intimidating at first. There are many makes and models to choose from and sometimes people, especially women, can feel overwhelmed when they walk in. 

Don’t be afraid to ask questions. The staff is there to help you. And keep in mind, you are looking for what’s best for you.






Even with research, you still may not know exactly what you want. Some gun shops have indoor range programs that allow you to rent and try out a firearm before you buy it. This way you can test a revolver and a pistol to decide what you prefer. You can try a variety of calibers and different sizes of handguns as well. Testing a gun on the range before you buy it is one of the best ways to make your decision

If you decide to take advantage of a rental program at your local range there are some important things to remember. First be sure your read carefully all of the range rules. You will need to make sure you follow them in order to shoot. 


It’s a good idea to wear double hearing protection. Indoor ranges can be very loud with several people firing at the same time. It helps to use earplugs and earmuffs to protect you hearing. Consider wearing a brimmed hat or baseball cap. In fact many ranges require you to wear a hat. This will help keep brass away from your face in case it bounces off the side of the lane barriers.





Always remember to wash your face and hands after you shoot, this will help you remove any lead or powder residue from the range.


These days there are many tools available out there to help you with your first gun purchase. Remember, the more you know, the better off you’ll be.



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