If you are interested in learning more about guns, considering getting a concealed carry permit, or thinking of taking up a new hobby like hunting or shooting to bond with a friend or relative, a trip to the gun store is imminent. However, a trip to the gun store can also be very intimidating if you have never really visited one before. Like any business, a gun store that is able to stay in business does so by helping customers that are both new to their products or have some background knowledge. If you are considering your first trip, here are a few tips and tricks to get you started.
- Treat every gun like it is a loaded gun. This is the first rule of gun stores, shooting ranges, and guns in general. You should always, every single time you pick up a gun, treat it as though it is loaded. Check the chamber, keep your hand off the trigger, and never point it at anyone.
- Let the professionals help- it’s what they are there for! Salespeople at gun stores are like salespeople at every other store, just with a different product. If you were to buy a couch, you might let the salesperson ask you a few questions and then give you some options because they are the experts- not you! It’s the same with gun stores! Don’t assume you have to know anything before entering, and just let the professionals help you find some great options.
- Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Aren’t sure how you check the chamber of a certain type of gun? Don’t know how to load one? Don’t worry- the professionals at the gun store are there to help and will be happy to give you the information you’re looking for! Information helps you operate guns safely, so please speak up if you don’t know about a feature of the gun you’re considering.
These are just a few tips to get you started when heading to a gun store! We hope that they have been helpful in getting you to walk through those doors and enjoying a new hobby.