I will start by telling a little about why I do what I do, and then we will talk about the Top 10 things "I" think every new gun owner should consider.
As an active and relatively successful firearm educator with around 10 years of industry experience, my primary focus is on providing comprehensive training and guidance - specifically to new gun owners. I am dedicated to promoting safe and responsible gun ownership, as well as helping individuals understand the importance of adhering to laws and navigating the moral complications related to firearms and their ultimate use as a self-defense tool.
Over the years, I have developed various educational programs tailored to meet the specific needs of these new gun owners. These programs cover essential topics such as firearm safety, proper handling, storage, maintenance, and marksmanship skills. I emphasize the importance of continuous practice and skills development to ensure that gun owners become proficient and confident with their firearms, especially when it comes to getting into the lifestyle choice of concealed carrying for personal protection.
Additionally, I believe in fostering a positive and respectful gun culture where responsible gun ownership is encouraged, and individuals are empowered to make informed decisions about their firearms. This involves discussing the ethical aspects of gun ownership and use, understanding the legal implications of said firearm ownership and use, and promoting a sense of community among gun owners through connecting to local gun clubs and shooting events.
As a firearm educator, my goal is not only to teach technical skills but also to instill a sense of responsibility and mindfulness when it comes to firearms. I am always as up-to-date as I can be with some of the latest processes and industry best practices, ensuring that my students receive the most relevant and accurate information; a benefit of being a "forever student."
I also actively engage with the wider community through things like giving free workshops, networking when attending seminars, and building up a presence on online platforms; providing valuable resources for all gun owners. My aim is to make the learning process enjoyable, approachable, and free from intimidation, so that individuals can confidently integrate firearms into their lives while maintaining safety as the top priority.
It brings me great satisfaction to see my students developing responsible and knowledgeable habits and who contribute positively to the firearm community as a whole. I remain committed to my role as an educator, continuously learning and adapting my approach to meet the evolving needs of new gun owners in the ever-changing landscape of firearms.
For new gun owners, here are my "Top 10 Firearm Owner Tips" that should be focused on to ensure safe and responsible gun ownership.
*Do note that this is based on my experience and background - this isn't a hard and fast absolute, but more where *I* see certain aspects lacking over the years.
1. GOOD Training: Safety should always be the top priority for any gun owner. New owners should invest time in comprehensive safety training, preferably under the guidance of a qualified firearms instructor. This training should, at minimum, cover basic firearm handling, safe storage, proper shooting techniques, and how to respond to potential emergencies. Skillsets are good, but you should focus on the things you would understandably run into versus things you THINK you will run into.
2. Understanding Local Laws: Familiarize yourself with the firearms laws and regulations in your state. Different jurisdictions can have specific requirements for gun ownership, carrying, and storage, so it's crucial to know and abide by them to avoid legal issues.
3. Secure Storage: Guns should be stored securely, out of reach of unauthorized individuals, especially children and those who are not trained to handle firearms. Invest in a proper gun safe or lockbox to prevent accidents and theft.
4. GOOD Practice and Familiarization: Regular practice at a shooting range, or even in your own home with dry fire setups is essential to becoming proficient with your firearm. Familiarize yourself with its operation, how to load and unload it safely, and practice your shooting skills under controlled conditions.
5. Ammunition Awareness: Learn about different types of ammunition suitable for your firearm and how to handle and store it safely.
Never use the wrong ammunition for your gun.
6. Maintenance: Proper firearm maintenance is vital for ensuring reliable and safe operation. Learn how to disassemble, clean, and maintain your firearm according to the manufacturer's instructions.
7. Responsible Gun Handling: Be mindful of your surroundings and who is around you when handling firearms. Understand the difference between the "Safety Rules" when on the range and what steps you take at home can be completely different, depending on what your circumstances are.
8. Continued Education: Firearms proficiency is a lifelong journey. Encourage the next generation of new gun owners to continue their training and education by attending advanced courses, workshops, and seminars. Advanced training can cover topics such as defensive shooting, tactical scenarios, and specialized shooting disciplines. Stay informed about the latest developments in firearm safety, laws, and regulations.
9. Join a local Shooting Clubs or Association: Engaging with local shooting clubs and firearm associations can provide valuable insights, support, and a sense of community. These organizations often host events and training opportunities for gun owners of all skill levels.
10. Ethical Considerations: Understand the ethical implications of owning and using firearms. Responsible gun owners must use their firearms responsibly and appropriately, avoiding any misuse or reckless behavior. Also understand that if you ever have to use your firearm - the rest of the world might not see you as the "good guy" - and that can wear a person down just as hard as a prison sentence.
By focusing on these aspects, new gun owners can lay a solid foundation for safe and responsible gun ownership while also gaining confidence and proficiency with their firearms. Remember, education, practice, and responsible behavior are the keys to becoming a responsible and respected member of the firearm community.