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5 Tips for New Gun Buyers

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You've been thinking about a gun but don't know where to start. I had the same challenge. Going to the gun store alone can be daunting, intimidating, and a little overwhelming. How do you know which one to choose? There are mostly all men in there.

I did it backwards. I wish I would have known then what I know now. A little bit about my experience and a couple of tips below for new gun owners so you don’t make the same mistakes I did.

So what I learned on my experience first I bought a gun first before I got training and because someone told me it was a good first gun.  I only order one gun purchase permit because that’s all I thought I was going to need or want. (How much was I wrong! 😊) As soon as I bought my blue Taurus G2C firearm I went out on the range. I told the range safety officer (RSO) I was new into shooting, and this was a brand-new gun. He put a little oil on it for me and told me the basics and then watched me shoot. He recommended I sign up for a class with an instructor to get more comfortable. I knew I wanted to get my concealed carry permit and I needed more practice. When I went to signup for a private lesson, the only options available was from an older, white man. I expressed my desire to get my concealed carry permit. Overall, it was a very informative session, but I did leave feeling unsatisfied and unheard. He focused on my gender, my wardrobe, and my nails. I want to take a class or get instruction from a female. Below are five tips for new gun owners.

5 tips for new gun owners:

  1. Observe the laws for the state you’re in. In North Carolina, you need either a gun purchase permit or a concealed carry permit to purchase a handgun. Each state has different requirements, confirm what’s necessary for the state you are in.
  2. Determine what fits your hand. – I have small hands and short stubby fingers. You may have larger hands or longer fingers. Just like our fingerprints, we are all unique. You must determine what fits you.
  3. Choose something you can carry daily. – You don’t have your concealed carry permit or not even sure you want to carry at all yet not alone - every day. You may buy more than one firearm but if you just buy one, I prefer you to have one that you can use at home and carry on you.
  4. Test before purchasing - if you read my other blog Guns are Like Shoes then you know I'm a big believer of try it before you buy it. You can go to the range and rent different guns. You can go with friends that have a few guns or you can join us for ladies’ range night if you're in the Charlotte area. Don't just purchase a gun because someone recommended it to you.
  5. Get appropriate training – I can’t stress this enough. And no, it’s not just because I am a firearms instructor! I see men and women at the range – both new and those that claim they are experienced shooters making gun safety mistakes. My #1 mission is to make sure we, primarily ME, get home with the same holes I left with. It’s in ALL our best interest if those that are handling firearms have had at least a basic safety firearms training course. Take an online or in-person class. I personally think in-person classes are better and having an instructor with you at the range is extremely valuable to help (1) with confidence and (2) safety. If you take an online class schedule a one-on-one session with a local firearms instructor.
Purchasing your first firearm is a big decision and a great responsibility. I hope this was helpful. Send me an email, or direct message me on social media @womanwithaweapon for other topics and subjects you want to know about.


  • I finally have my permit for concealed carry and keeping firearms at home for self-defense since I live by myself here in Inman and this might attract burglars into breaking in if I’m not careful. It was a helpful reminder when you told us to observe the laws of our state regarding the possession of firearms since they will have different requirements when it comes to purchasing a gun. I’ll be sure to take note of this while I look for a gun shop in Inman where I can find my weapon for self-defense soon.

    Clare Martin on

  • You said how crucial it is to follow local rules because they might vary from one state to another. For instance, if you want to acquire a handgun, you may need to obtain a concealed carry permit or a gun purchase permit. I recently obtained a carry permit, therefore I’m considering getting a gun for self-defense shortly. When I go to a sports goods store this weekend, I’ll have to think about purchasing a pistol booster as well.

    Elle Jones on

  • It was a good tip when you told us to first observe the laws of the state we are in since each one has different requirements when it comes to gun possession. I got my permit to carry recently, so I was thinking of shopping for reloading equipment soon to make sure I am ready for anything. I’ll keep this in mind while I look for a gun store nearby that I can check out soon.

    Elina Brooks on

  • Thank you for explaining that you should test the guns before purchasing. We’re thinking about getting some new hunting rifles. I’ll be sure to share this with my husband and see about getting a larger gun safe for them.

    Olivia Smart on

  • Thanks for sharing your knowledge. I appreciate it. I do have similar thoughts in my mind. As a new gun owner, safety should always be your top priority. One must seek professional training and practice safe handling and storage at all times. I have bought my first Handgun with respect to the Laws and all the safety policies from Sparkdog Firearms supplying the best quality guns & firearms.

    Kaithleen Torres on

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