The decision to purchase, possess or own a handgun is a serious one. You have to make sure to keep it safe and secure, ensuring that you don’t let it fall into the wrong hands. Furthermore, owning a handgun means certain responsibilities, like making sure you follow all applicable Federal and State laws.
With that in mind, it can be exciting purchasing your first handgun. Spending hours and weeks laboring over Internet forums, reading gun magazines and researching the various calibers and types of handguns available.
It can be difficult deciding what type of handgun you want given the number of options available. Do you want a revolver or a semi-automatic? Are you buying a gun for home defense or for concealed carry?
The decision-making process is never easy. But more than that, it’s important to make sure that as a gun owner, you also have the right accessories and equipment to properly maintain, store and operate your weapon. With that in mind, here are 5 things every gun owner should possess:
Obviously, ammunition is critical to the operation of your firearm, without it the gun is nothing more than a glorified paperweight. However, it’s important to know the specific ammunition required for your particular firearm and the type of ammo for the particular task, i.e. practice, competition or self-defense.
When choosing ammunition for your firearm it’s critical to ensure that it is of the proper caliber. For example, if you own a 9mm handgun it is likely to be 9mm Parabellum. However, there are other 9mm ammunition types available that may, in fact, fit into the magazine of your weapon and will even appear to chamber properly but could result in a disaster if fired. Consulting with a knowledgeable firearms professional before making an ammunition purchase is advisable.
Once you’ve sorted out the type of ammo you need you will need to purchase the requisite amount necessary to maintain proficiency with your chosen firearm. Shooting skills are perishable and regular practice is necessary to maintain those skills.
Owning a gun doesn’t make you a pro but proper training can help you reach that goal. Training doesn’t just include learning how to load the gun, aim and shoot. It also means learning about the heavy responsibility of owning and carrying a firearm. Understanding basic safety rules for the safe handling and storage of your weapon as well as how to comply with all applicable laws and regulation are very important.
Cleaning and Maintenance of your Firearm
A firearm is a tool. Like any tool, you need to clean and maintain your handgun to ensure it functions properly. Properly maintaining your firearm with also ensure its longevity so that you can use it for many years to come.
With that in mind, it’s a good idea to invest in a good cleaning kit and an assortment of basic tools to properly maintain your firearm.
Licensing and Regulatory Compliance
Depending on which state you live in, you might need a license or firearms owner’s card to even possess a firearm much less purchase one. As previously noted, understanding all of the rules, regulations and laws you must comply with to own or possess a firearm is critical to ensure you don’t end up being fined, having your weapons confiscated or spending time in jail.
A responsible firearms owner needs to have a safe, and secure place to store his weapons. Simply hiding your gun in your home is insufficient to prevent unauthorized access to your firearm. As gun owners we not only have to comply with the law but we have an ethical and moral responsibility to ensure that children and unauthorized persons cannot access our firearms. Purchasing a gun safe or lock box for your weapon is essential.
If you own a handgun you need a holster. But not just any holster, a durable, reliable and well-made holster that properly fits your handgun is imperative. There are many holsters manufacturers and the quality of those holsters vary greatly. Basic research and informed shopping will help you find the proper holster.
When deciding on a holster don’t focus soley on price or aesthetics. Many gun owners won’t think twice about spending $500.00 or more on a handgun but will balk at spending $50.00 on a holster. Often times, cheap holsters will fail the gun owner and create frustrating and potentially dangerous situations.
How you intend to carry your handgun ill inform your holster choice. Are you going to carry outside the waistband (OWB) or inside the waistband (IWB)? Buying from a reputable dealer can help you make the proper selection.
At DSG Holsters, we offer both IWB and OWB holsters, supplying premium products to armed citizens, military and first responders. For more information on concealed carry, give us a call at 800.382.7571 and let us help you choose the holster hardware and accessories that fit your needs and requirements.