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Common mistakes among first time gun owners

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Just like with anything new, it takes some time to use and care for a gun properly. You are bound to make some mistakes along the way, but you can minimise those mistakes as you become aware of them and learn what to do.

Mistake 1: Not doing your homework.

Before you buy your first gun, you should take the time to research about what would be most suitable for you and the purpose that you have in mind in carrying a gun. You should visit gun stores and ask questions, talk to long-time gun owners, and read relevant articles online. The research will help you determine the gun size, power, price, and purpose, which are important factors to consider in buying a gun.

Mistake 2: Improper gun storage

Even when you put the guns away, they should still be taken care of. Clean them before storing them and put them in the gun safe properly. They should not easily get toppled over in the safe. Make sure to find the right gun safe for them as well.

Mistake 3: Improper firearm maintenance

Gun cleaning is one of the hardest tasks for gun owners, but you have to clean it thoroughly using the right cleaning kit. Pay attention even to the smallest detail to avoid a costly mistake in the future. Clean the gun, especially after using it. When you fire a gun, it leaves a grimy residue inside it that can accumulate over time if not removed right away. Grime build-up might cause your gun to malfunction.

Mistake 4: Using the wrong ammunition.

This is a common mistake among new gun owners. Buying the wrong type or size of ammo is dangerous to your gun, you, and the people around you. Unless you’ve become an expert gun user yourself, don’t hesitate to ask for help.

It is important to use high quality ammunition for your expensive guns if you don’t want to damage your gun in the long run. Low-end ammunition can eat your firearm slowly with its corrosive effects or even cause the gun to explode. Spend money on quality ammo to protect your gun’s integrity and extend its lifespan.

Mistake 5: Not getting proper training.

If you invested in an expensive gun, it is only right that you learn how to use it. Otherwise, it will just go to waste if you just leave it sitting in your gun safe. It can be really dangerous to you and to other people if you dare hold a gun while staying ignorant about how to use it.

Get proper training about proper gun usage techniques. Learn about how to use the gun in various situation and how to prepare for your first hunting trip properly. Invest some time and money in your training to prevent accidents and see just how helpful and dangerous a gun can be at the same time.

Before you hold a gun as an owner, make sure that you are prepared to correctly maintain and store it as a responsible firearms owner. This is your basic responsibility as a gun owner.

Looking for your first firearm? GunHub is Australia’s largest used gun marketplace where you can find your first gun purchase.

Corey is a co-founder of GunHub and has built GunHub as a platform for other gun owners to buy and sell guns easily.

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