Anytime you buy something unfamiliar, there is a bit of a learning curve that comes with it. This is certainly true for your first firearm, which must be operated and used with care. While it is important to discuss what you should do, there is also some value in discussing what not to do.
Common Beginner Mistakes
To reduce the learning curve, learn from these common mistakes:
- Not researching. Before selecting your first firearm, you need to spend time researching what you plan to buy. This includes visiting stores and asking questions, reading reviews and articles, and soaking up knowledge from the right resources. You should consider important factors like pricing, size and purpose. If you go with the first firearm you see, you may end up with something that isn’t appropriate for your needs.
- Buying wrong ammunition. One of the most common mistakes made by first time buyers is buying the wrong ammunition. Using the wrong size or type is dangerous to your firearm and to those around you. Until you’re sure of what you’re doing, always ask for help when buying rounds.
- Failure to clean. The firing process isn’t as clean as you may initially think. The process of firing leaves behind grimy residue and buildup that can settle over time. To prevent buildup, take the time to regularly clean your firearm after use.
- Improper storage. Firearms are completely safe when properly used. Ensuring safety requires safe storage, so be sure to keep all firearms out of harm's way and appropriately stored in a safe.
- Irresponsible range practices. The range is a great place to practice—especially for beginners—but it also requires total concentration and focus. When going to the range for the first time, take along an experienced firearm owner to show you the ropes. They can help you avoid making mistakes that put yourself, others and your firearm at risk.
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