4 Things To Consider Before Buying Your First Handgun

Posted by Team Springfield

Jul 8, 2014 9:00:00 AM

If you’ve decided to shop for handguns, read and review these four important considerations before making your firearm purchase. 

The Second Amendment provides US citizens with the right to keep and bear arms, but what does that mean for you? There are a variety of uses for firearms and many models to choose from when starting your purchasing adventure and the journey can be confusing. If you’re a first time buyer, it’s important to become familiar with the facets of firearm ownership before you make a purchase. Apart from checking the laws in your state, there are four handgun ownership responsibilities to consider after you’ve decided to shop for a firearm. 

First Thing’s First: Responsibility

Much like owning a car, owning a handgun comes with certain responsibilities. Individuals who want to purchase handguns must make the conscious decision to learn how to properly operate a firearm. In the same way that owning a car requires careful handling and routine maintenance, owning a gun requires an ongoing commitment to safety and responsibility. Always refer to your manufacturer’s safety manual included with your firearm.


Why do you want a handgun? Do you plan to use it for home defense, sporting, or recreational use? The purpose behind your firearm purchase is a major consideration, and making the best decision can be difficult. Once your specific purpose is defined, it becomes easier to make a choice that fits with your needs. 

Gun Safety

Firearm safety is a tiered process that begins with formal training and education. According to the NRA, there are more than 10 gun safety rules owners must abide by at all times. Regardless of type and model, all firearms must be treated with care and caution. Before starting your search for the best firearm, review the NRA’s top 10 safety rules. Remember, safety always comes first!


Through ongoing training, gun owners establish familiarity with their firearms, which develops safe handling practices, skill, and confidence. It’s your responsibility to know what gun safety means. Seek an experienced, certified instructor, attend classes, and practice regularly.

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While these responsibilities only scratch the surface of what it really means to be a responsible gun owner, it’s important to explore each once you’ve made the decision to purchase a firearm. An experienced instructor can and will improve your ability to safely handle and store a firearm.

If you’re ever confused about the differences between available products or have more questions, don’t be afraid to talk to an authorized Springfield Armory ® dealer at a location near you for a detailed explanation and recommendations that meet your needs. 

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Springfield Armory® recommends you seek qualified and competent training from a certified instructor prior to handling any firearm and be sure to read your owner’s manual.  These articles are considered to be suggestions and not recommendations from Springfield Armory®.

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