Have you ever read an article about gun ownership and realized that the writer has no idea what they're talking about? It's an unfortunate but widespread phenomenon when it comes to firearms; lots of people have opinions, but only a few have actually taken a G30S or SP101 on the range. It's especially galling if you're a new gun owner looking for tips. Why should you listen to the counsel of someone who hasn't been in your shoes?
Here at White Hat Holsters, we have years of experience in the handling and maintenance of firearms and all their accessories. But we don't want you to think that we're just trying to sell you something when we give advice. That's why we've gone to Reddit and culled pointers from real gun owners with wisdom to share. If you'd like to view the Reddit threads in their natural habitat, feel free to check out the resources links below.
If you're looking for tips as a new carrier, here are eight of the best.
1: Safety First
Reddit is unanimous in this: Safety is one of the most important aspects of gun ownership. It may sound like a cliche, but if you don't know how to handle your piece, someone is going to get hurt. It may be you. It may be your kids. Don't take chances with a dangerous weapon.
2: Know Your Gun
Revolvers don't work the same way as semiautomatics. Rifles have different recoils than pistols. There's more to operating a gun than pulling the trigger, so educate yourself on the type you've bought in order to optimize your shooting and prevent unfortunate accidents.
3: Beware The Sheriff
Every state has its own gun laws. Some of them are admittedly ridiculous, but you still have to follow them to keep from paying a fine or even spending time behind bars. Look into your local restrictions and see what they have to say about features, ammunition, magazine capacity and prohibited gun types.
4: Think About Concealment
If you did your research, you already considered size and weight when you chose a gun that could be safety and comfortably concealed. But what about the holsters themselves? One good option is an "in the waistband" (IWB) holster with a strong kydex sheath that will protect your firearm from misfires and prying eyes.
5: Find Your Limits
Several users on Reddit expressed dismay after purchasing low-caliber handguns only to realize later that they didn't offer the kind of firepower they needed. Avoid this fate by taking your gun to the range and putting it through its paces. You don't want to discover its limitations during an emergency situation.
6: Clean It Regularly
Mama always warned you about good hygiene, and the same logic applies to your guns. Sediment starts building up after every fire, so your gun could use cleaning and lubrication after a single afternoon of hunting. You should know, however, that not all gun types need to be completely dissembled for cleaning. Some only require you to strip things like barrels and slides.
7: Don't Play Unless You Can Pay
A large number of Reddit users have been scammed by companies who promised handguns for less than $200. They got the guns, but they also got backfires and broken parts as well. The general consensus is that you shouldn't buy a gun unless you can afford a good model tricked out with all the necessary accessories. If your budget won't allow that, shelve your plans until it does.
8: Lock It Up
When not in use, your gun should be stashed in a vault, gun safe or heavily locked box. No one ever thinks they're the ones who will wind up on TV after a tragic accident, yet it happens all the time. If you don't want your mug on the nine o'clock news, put your guns in a locked container.
These are just eight tips for getting to know your new gun. There are many more, of course, but these are the ones that came up most frequently and were most strongly emphasized by Redditors. If you'd like to know more, visit their gun threads and join the discussion. If you've heard enough about precautionary tales and are ready to buy some cool toys already, check us out at White Hat Holsters, home of everything from gun belts to customized concealed carry holsters.
Resources: http://www.reddit.com/r/guns/comments/hj0ak/got_my_appointment_to_get_a_concealed_weapon/ http://www.reddit.com/r/guns/comments/1hrh0y/so_youre_going_to_buy_your_first_gun/ http://www.reddit.com/r/guns/comments/1ibkog/how_to_choose_your_first_handgun/