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8 Things to Consider When Purchasing a Firearm

By    |   Thursday, 26 July 2018 10:48 AM

Purchasing a firearm requires some considerations, whether you intend to use a gun for sporting activities or self-protection. Education on firearm use is necessary for first-time buyers while even experienced shooters should think about reasons for buying a gun.

You can get acquainted with different types of guns by going to a firing range or getting tips from friends who are knowledgeable about weapons. Asking a lot of questions and getting answers from skilled marksmen may be a first step before you shop for a weapon.

Here are eight things to consider when purchasing a firearm:

1. Enroll in a safety course — Firearm safety classes are a good idea whether for self-defense or hunting purposes even before purchasing a firearm, according to Survival Common Sense.

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2. Ask yourself why — Will the firearm be used for target shooting, hunting, recreation, or self-defense? Your intention will require different weapons.

3. Know a safe place to secure the firearm — Make sure you know where you'll store the gun before you go shopping.

4. Take into account the family — How do other people in the household feel about having a gun in the house? Consider mental health or drug and alcohol abuse possibilities, Project ChildSafe notes. Will children be safe?

5. Think about using it — If your purpose is for self-defense, will you be able to pull the trigger and harm or kill a person? Firearm instructors will always tell you not to point a gun until you are ready to destroy something, Plan and Prepared points out.

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6. Choose the best firearm for you — Don’t purchase a gun just because it looks cool or reminds you of some movie action hero. The gun should have the right fit and you should feel comfortable using it.

7. Buy a new firearm — Used guns are cheaper, but beginners usually don’t have enough experience to find the right one. New firearms often have warranties and problems can be fixed at no extra cost.

8. Do research on sellers — Buying from gun stores or gun shows allows you to inspect the gun personally. You can buy guns online, but it is difficult to know the full reputation of the seller. You can find reviews on gun shops online or ask experienced gun owners or friends about a good place to buy, according to Outdoor Hub.

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