A gun store can be an intimidating place to visit, especially for newbies. However, your shopping experience at any gun shop should be safe and enjoyable by keeping these rules in mind:
- Know your target and what is behind it.
- Always ensure that the gun is not loaded.
- Keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction. Only point at something that you’re ready to shoot.
- Do not release the side of a semi-automatic
- Do not disassemble the gun but always ask the clerk for assistance if you want to see its guts.
- Flickering the cylinder of a revolver back in place is also not a good idea.
- If you have kids, keep your children under supervision and close to you at all times to avoid any accidents.
Do not be afraid to admit that you’re new to handling guns. It’s not a good idea to act like a pro when you’re not. This can save you a whole load of trouble.
If it’s your first time in the gun store, you may be scared handling all those guns, but you shouldn’t be! You can always get your questions answered by the clerk if you need any clarifications.
When you’re holding the gun to get a feel for it, keep the muzzle safely pointed in the proper direction. There are gun stores that will have targets on the wall that can be carefully pointed at. Also, if you’re unsure about the safest place to point the gun at, ask the clerk to help you out.