Buying Your First Gun: Top Tips

Posted on: 25 April 2018


If you are thinking about buying your first gun, you may be wondering the best way to proceed. Below is a guide to everything you need to consider when purchasing your first firearm.

Gun shop or private seller?

While it is possible to buy a firearm from a private seller, when you are buying your first weapon, it is best to visit a licensed gun shop. Private sellers are likely to sell a limited range of weapons and will most likely want to hand the gun over so they can receive payment. The staff in a gun shop will be able to offer you a wide range of different firearms and will take the time to talk you through the pros and cons of each one before answering any questions you may have. The staff will also be able to offer you advice on the steps you will need to take out a licence and store your weapon properly.

High or low calibre?

If you are just starting out as a marksman, it is best to start with a lower calibre weapon such as .22. This will allow you to get to grips with the weapon and to develop the skills you need to safely operate it without being overwhelmed. Lower calibre weapons do not produce as much recoil as larger calibre guns, which means they are easier to control when at the range. Buying a smaller calibre weapon also means you will not need to spend as much money on your first pistol or rifle. When you become more experienced, you can upgrade to higher calibre guns.

Brand new or second-hand?

This is a personal preference. Buying a brand new weapon means that a manufacturer's guarantee will cover it. If anything malfunctions on the weapon during while the weapon is still under guarantee, you can have it repaired or replaced free of charge. It is also easy to find spare parts and ammo for brand new guns. However, new guns can be very expensive. If money is a big factor for you, you should consider buying second hand. Second-hand guns are cheaper than brand new weapons. When you buy a second-hand weapon from a gun shop, you can be certain that it is in good condition. All gun shops check and service second-hand weapons before offering them for sale to the public.

If you would like further advice, you should contact your local gun shop.