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What to Consider When Buying a Gun for the First Time

The number of concealed carry permits issued in the United States has increased 48% since 2016

This rise in gun ownership means that many United States citizens are becoming first-time gun owners in recent years. If you’ve never bought a gun, the process may seem confusing and intimidating. 

In this article, we’ll try to take some of the confusion out of buying a gun. By making the following considerations, you could be well on your way to buying the best gun for yourself. 

Keep reading to learn what you need to know before buying a gun for the first time. 

What Will Be Its Purpose?

Why are you buying a gun? Will your new gun be for target practice, concealed carry, home defense, or something else? This must be the first question you answer before becoming a gun owner. 

The answer to this question will dictate the size, type, and caliber you end up buying. Make sure that you do your homework before you get serious about buying a gun. Your research will help you make an educated decision. 

What Caliber Do You Need?

The caliber of a gun refers to the internal diameter of a gun barrel. Many different calibers could fit the control, reliability, and bullet size that you like. 

You could choose a handgun with interchangeable calibers like these. Or you could go with a 9mm that is often chosen for its suitability for personal protection. 

The best way to find the caliber that fits you is to spend more time at the shooting range. Be sure to pick the one that you have the most control over. Also, don’t forget to choose one that is available in stores. 

Make Sure It Fits

Many gun owners recommend that you choose your gun like you would choose your shoes. You wouldn’t buy ones that don’t fit, would you? Making sure that your gun fits comfortably in your hand is very important. 

If you have small hands, you want to make sure that you can comfortably reach the trigger. Yet, if you have larger hands, you’ll want a gun that doesn’t make them cramp up. 

Particularly if you are buying your gun online, you’ll want to find somewhere that has guns for sale in person. There, you can test the feel of a few different models before buying. 

What Safety Are You Comfortable With?

Guns can come with a few different types of safeties. While trigger and/or grip safeties are the most common, you’ll also find guns with a drop, firing pin block, or no safety at all.

The safety you choose is up to your preference. Keep in mind that safeties can fail, and you should never solely rely on them to keep you or others out of danger. 

Are You Ready to Start Buying a Gun?

Buying a gun is a decision that many people take too lightly. Before purchasing any kind of weapon, you should carefully consider your options and preferences

If you would like to learn more about choosing the right guns, you should check out the rest of our page for more articles like this one. 

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