- Ammunition Overview for the Novice
Excellent introduction to Ammunition – history, types, proper names, and terms
- Firearms FAQ
Addresses some common question many people have when starting out in the shooting sports
- Marc’s Gun Safety and Education Site
- What Gun?
An excellent article fully titled What Kind of Gun Should I Buy? Some Practical Advice for the Novice Gun Owner from The Secretary of the Shawnee Hunt Club
Resources for Guns, Firearms, Weapons
There is so much to learn about guns and firearms that it may seem impossible to figure it all out. Owning and operating a firearm is a great responsibility and should not be taken lightly. Start slow, educate yourself and learn as you go. The best way to get started in firearm ownership is to take a firearms course. This will teach you how to properly handle, store, fire and clean your weapon. All of these things are necessities. As the owner of a firearm, you are carrying a great responsibility and it should not be taken lightly.
Deciding what type of gun to purchase will depend on several factors. First, you need to think about what you can comfortably hold. A gun that is too heavy will make shooting and handling awkward and difficult. Accuracy would be next to impossible. What will you be doing with the firearm? Do you want to hunt, participate in shooting sports, or do you want a gun for protection? The answer to the above questions will help you determine if you want to purchase a handgun (pistol), a shotgun or a rifle.
Once you have taken your course and purchased your weapon, it is time to begin practicing. Shooting ranges offer a safe environment to begin learning to shoot. You should have an experienced firearms owner accompany you until you begin to feel comfortable with your weapon. Shooting is not as simple as holding the gun and pulling the trigger. You will need to know how to aim your gun, where your safety is located, how to reload and any other steps that need to be taken in preparation of firing. You should also be prepared for any recoil—or kickback—that your gun puts off. Some guns have quite a kick that you really need to brace yourself for, while others barely put off a bump. You should always be aware where your gun is pointed, where your face is in relation to the stock and in the case of some handguns, where the thumb or your supporting hand is placed. A handgun with a top slide can easily break a thumb. Cleaning your gun is also very important. Always check to make sure your firearm is unloaded before proceeding with a cleaning.
When it comes to legalities, you must be familiar with your constitutional rights and laws within your state and county. When you are in possession of a weapon, you are held responsible for it. You need to familiarize yourself with any permits or licenses that you may be required to carry in your area. Crossing state lines with a weapon is another story. There are certain restrictions that must be adhered to. Another thing to consider is the storage of your firearm; a locked gun safe is a good way to go. You may want to think about adding trigger locks to your guns as well.
- NRA-Gun Safety
- Project Child Safe-Protecting Children Around Guns
- National Shooting Sports Foundation
- Gun Law News
- Gun Owners of America
- The Firearms Coalition
- Second Amendment Foundation
- National Firearms Owners Association
- Information and History on The Right To Bear Arms
- Women Shooters
- Handgun Diagram
- Beginners Guide to Guns
- Shotgun Basics
- Basics of Handling a Gun
- Gun Safety: 9 Essentials
- Shooting a Gun
- Gun FAQ's For Those New to Firearms
- Cleaning Your Handgun
- Cleaning Your Rifle
- Cleaning Your Shotgun