Whether you’re a first-time gun owner or an experienced firearms user, it’s always a good idea to brush up on your firearm knowledge. This article will cover the basics of gun ownership – from safety to storage – with a special section on becoming a new owner during quarantine.
Along with all the research that goes into purchasing your first (or most recent) gun, several decisions will help make your purchase a responsible one. Consulting your firearms retailer, purchasing firearm storage, improving your skills, and joining a shooting organization are all ways to make the most of firearm ownership. For more info, The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF) and Project ChildSafe® have a helpful guide on responsible gun ownership for beginners.
As a new gun owner, the first thing you should learn is basic firearm safety rules. Always keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction and know what is beyond your target. Additionally, do not rely only on your gun's safety features. Always keep your firearm unloaded until you are ready to use it and keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.
For more gun safety rules and tips, watch this Firearm Safety video and check out this basic firearm safety article from the NSSF.
After learning the basic firearm safety rules, the next thing you need to think about is firearm storage. How you intend to use your new gun will determine which firearm safety and storage options you should look into purchasing.
If your gun is for hunting or range shooting, storing your guns and ammo separately under lock and key is one of the safest options. If your firearm is for personal defense, consult with your firearms retailer on security options that make it accessible to you and safely inaccessible to other users.
With options including cable locks, gun safes, and biometric security, Academy Sports + Outdoors has a wide selection to help you pick the best way to store your new firearm. And if you want to complete your firearm set, check out our options for ear + eye protection and shooting accessories.
COVID-19 presents a special set of circumstances for new gun owners. Whether you’re quarantining or have concerns about retailers and resources being closed, this NSSF article on quarantined new gun owners provides the practical steps and resources you can use today for safe and effective firearm ownership.