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Tips for First Time Gun Buyers

December 29th, 2020
Hunting Rifle

As 2020 comes to an end, you may be thinking that it’s time to buy a gun for the first time. Whether a fun Christmas gift for the range or a rifle for hunting season, this guide will give you tips for purchasing your first gun online. Keep in mind that gun laws are different in each state. This guide will act as an overview for purchasing your first firearm, but be sure to follow up with the laws in your state.

Do Your Research

Buying a gun is a very big decision. You will want to make sure you are fully prepared with any and all information and questions regarding your purchase. Typically, you can learn a lot through gun forums, blogs, and even Reddit. Just be sure to fact check any information that may seem biased or opinionated. If questions persist, feel free to ask the owner of the gun store, whether online or an in-person shop. Most owners and employees that sell firearms are armed with knowledge about their products.

Spend Time At The Range

Before making a decision and purchasing a gun, spend time at the gun range practicing with multiple different options. While your friend may have a great gun that you like to shoot, there may be a gun better suited for your needs and preferences. Most ranges have a wide selection of firearms for you to rent. In fact, going to different ranges in your area allows you to handle and shoot additional guns. Additionally, the more experience you have behind the trigger, the more equipped you will be when you purchase your own.

Make A Choice

After going to the range and then doing your research on gun buying and ownership in your country and state, it’s time to make a decision on what firearm to purchase. When evaluating your options, you need to consider what you will be using the gun for. If the gun is for concealed carry and protection, you may lean towards a small, light, handgun. If the gun is for hunting, you will likely want to choose a long-barrel shotgun. There is a large variety of brands, uses, calibers, and more for you to choose from that will fit your style.

Price & Inventory

The prices of firearms have surged within the last year. This price inflation can be attributed to one main factor… demand has significantly increased due to Covid-19 and election response, while supply has decreased due to factory delays due to the high cost of parts and Covid-19 closures. This also creates the issue of slim inventory for the majority of brands and popular guns. The cost of ammunition has also skyrocketed for the same reasons. You may be able to purchase a gun, but you may be helpless when it comes to finding and affording ammo for your new gun.

Decide Where To Purchase

In today's world, inventory is few and far between, but that does not mean you should settle for a company or store that seems sketchy. Always be sure to read reviews, check out forums regarding gun shops, new versus used inventory, and if you're still concerned, contact the owner. Purchasing a firearm for a deceitful source can lead to serious issues involving legality. Know your source.

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