Owning a gun is not just a right; it is a responsibility. Guns are an effective way of protecting yourself, your loved ones and your property, but they are also dangerous if misused, uncared for or improperly stored. Before you ever set foot in a gun store to buy a handgun, you need to be ready to commit to a few basic rules of gun ownership. Fortunately, a gun dealer does not just handle handgun sales; the dealer is often a gunsmith who can point you in the direction of where you need to go for proper training whether it is signing up for a course for a concealed hand gun license or a shooting range that offers classes.
The first thing every gun owner needs to know is how to properly make their firearm safe for storage when not being used. For a revolver, that means no ammo in the cylinders and the gun pointing in the direction where an accidental misfire will cause the least chance of harm. Companies like Colt have developed additional safety features over the years to prevent accidental misfires in the event of dropping the gun, but because revolvers lack a true safety, it is even more important to handle them carefully. For pistols, the clip should be out of the gun, the barrel should be pointing away from others, and the slide should be pulled back to show an empty chamber. With Ruger dominating the .22 rimfire pistol market, their target pistols are some of the most commonly encountered handguns on the range, and the company has invested heavily in safety. Trigger guards are also available to make the trigger of a gun inoperable.
A responsible gun owner should also know how to properly clean and store their firearms. For those who find the process of cleaning their firearm daunting, a revolver may be a better choice as revolvers will typically require less care and are less prone to jamming. Begin by removing any ammunition from the gun and the area. With no bullets lying around, it will be far less likely that an accident will occur. Next, inspect the gun for signs of rust. Check the outside first, and then disassemble the gun to check the internal components. Clean out hard-to-reach places with a cotton swab, and use a cleaner approved by your local gun store. You can also buy kits with all the picks, brushes, cleaners and cloths included. Handguns should be cleaned from time to time to prevent deterioration and should also be cleaned after use. After cleaning, store the handgun in a proper location, free from moisture and at the security level necessary for your household.
A gun owner should know is how to fire their weapon. Part of gun ownership is respecting the weapon for what it is, and that means caring for it, acknowledging the threat it presents and understanding how to use it. New gun owners may find revolvers an easier choice because loading and unloading is relatively simple. A .22 LR revolver is an excellent option for those new to gun ownership. The kick will be minimal, meaning you will be able to fire a box of ammo without any fatigue. Ammunition will also be inexpensive, so you will be able to practice more often. The kick when firing a gun is often intimidating to new gun users, but it is important to not anticipate it as this can cause you to jerk your hand back, making your shots less steady and will affect accuracy. Many gun ranges will have guns available for rental, so you can try out different models before making the purchase that is right for you. Regardless of what gun you decide to go with, be a responsible gun owner. A gun can save a life as easily as it can take one, but with proper respect and care, a gun can be a comforting investment.