If you are a first-time gun buyer, it can be a bit overwhelming at first. We’ve already covered the process of buying a gun in Arizona on our blog, but what should you do before your purchase? Beyond simply obtaining a firearm, there are many actions that help you be a more informed gun owner. From preparation and research to honing your skills, The Hub is here to help you every step of the way.
Here are some things to do before you purchase a gun:
1. Focus on Safety From the Start
Safety is absolutely essential when it comes to owning and operating a firearm. Before you even purchase a gun, make a plan for how to store it so no unauthorized individuals can access it. It’s also a good idea to talk to anyone else in your household and make sure they know the importance of safety. If you have young children, this is especially important.
2. Determine What You Will Use the Firearm For
What type of gun will be best for your needs depends on what you plan to use that firearm for. For example, a compact handgun will generally be best for everyday concealed carry, but wouldn’t be as well-suited to hunting. When it comes to home defense, where you are living can make a difference, and some individuals may prefer a rifle for rural areas whereas others may need a lower-caliber pistol if they are living in an apartment. Knowing the purpose of your gun is a good starting part for your search.
3. Research Specific Guns
Once you know the broad type of gun you are interested in, you can start looking at specific manufacturers and models. To help guide your decision, you can read reviews online, get advice from your friends, and ask the friendly gun experts at The Hub.
Cost will, of course, be a factor for any purchasing decision, including buying a gun. When choosing a gun, you don’t want to sacrifice quality to save on price. Doing some research ahead of time can help you find a gun that is reliable and high-quality while also staying within your budget. Make sure to factor in the cost of ammunition as well.
4. Know What Accessories You Will Need
There are a variety of gun accessories available and some are more essential than others. If this is your first gun, it’s generally a good idea to start with the basics and get familiar with your firearm rather than buying too many accessories you don’t know how to use. Before you purchase your gun, make a list of what you know you will need and get these items either before your gun or at the same time.
Here is what we recommend:
- A way to transport your gun, depending on how you are using it: a holster, travel case, gear bag, sling, etc.
- Cleaning supplies
- Extra magazines
- A gun safe, or another method for secure storage
- Anything else that is specific to the purpose you are using your gun for
5. Try Before You Buy
Trying a gun at the shooting range before purchasing it can help you get an idea of whether you personally like the way it feels. At The Hub, you’ll even get a discount if you buy a gun after trying it at our range.
6. Consider Training
This step can be completed at any time before or after you buy a gun, but you may want to start thinking about it before you actually make the purchase. Training, such as a concealed carry weapon (CCW) permit class or a one-on-one lesson, can be very beneficial. Although a CCW isn’t required in Arizona, you will learn valuable safety skills and will benefit from reciprocity. As for one-on-one training or group skills classes, these allow you to hone your skills.
Your One-Stop Gun Shop
The Hub has everything you need before and after you buy a gun and we have a large selection of firearms to choose from. We are here to help you find the ideal gun for your needs.