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Everything a gun needs to be to perform well and stay that way


If you’re a gun enthusiast, you know the importance of buying the right gun for your needs. Once you have the perfect weapon, you must also make sure to properly take care of it so that it shoots appropriately and remains accurate when used.

For new gun owners, understanding how to choose and maintain a gun may be a challenge, particularly if you haven’t grown up around guns. If you find yourselves confused, here are some tips you can follow.

Choosing The Right Gun

If you want your gun to perform well, it’s essential to make sure that you’re using the right weapon for your purposes. If you’re looking to get into hunting, for example, a pistol will not do you any good. Some factors that go into choosing the right gun include:

The Right Grip

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Smaller pistols can be helpful in a number of situations, especially if you’re looking for a concealed carry weapon to help you feel safe. At the same time, it’s essential to take the size of your hands into account – if you aren’t able to hold your gun comfortably and securely, it’s not the right weapon for you.

Manageable Recoil

Every gun has some amount of recoil to it when you use it. Generally, the caliber determines the amount of recoil – the higher the caliber, the greater the recoil.

It’s vital to ensure that you’re able to handle the recoil capacity of your gun. If necessary, you can also consider ways to mitigate and reduce the amount of recoil you have to deal with. At the same time, you should also keep your body type in mind – if you have a smaller frame and have not shot much in the past, you may do better to choose a low-caliber, low-recoil firearm to start with, so you don’t have to worry about accidental discharge or injury when the gun is used.

The Right Caliber

Once you know how much recoil you can deal with, the next step is to determine what caliber firearm you should buy. Check with the firearm shop about which gun is best for both your usage needs and recoil capabilities.

For example, if you’re looking for a rifle for self-defense, the .223 Remington cartridge has low recoil, is inexpensive, and powerful enough to protect you against a threat. If you’re buying a handgun, the most common beginner option – regardless of purpose – is a 9mm handgun.

The right caliber
The right caliber

The Make

There are a number of factors that you need to consider when choosing a gun manufacturer, including:

  • The price of the gun – make sure the manufacturer you choose has the caliber of gun you’re looking for at a price you can afford.
  • The Maker’s history – do they have a legacy of making trustworthy products? Are they new to the market with untested products? While better quality guns may be more expensive, it’s always best to get the most reliable options on the market, especially when it comes to weapons – the finest hunting rifles, as survival gear reviewers would say, will help you catch game where you otherwise may not have been able to, and top-quality handguns are far more effective at aiming correctly, which is a crucial part of being able to defend yourself.
  • Availability – will you be able to find the weapon you’re looking for easily, or will you need to special order it? This is an important consideration because if you ever need maintenance help, including repair and restoration, it’s important to be able to access resources easily.

Maintaining Your Gun

Once you’ve found the perfect gun, it’s essential to maintain and clean it regularly to make sure it keeps working perfectly. Some key steps you should take include:

Read The Manual

Your firearm will come with an operator’s manual, which is essential reading. While it can be boring to browse through pages of information, the manual is tailored to the make and model of the gun you own and will be able to provide you with comprehensive information in order to understand how to ensure your gun remains in perfect working order for years to come.

Make Sure It’s Cleaned

One of the most essential parts of maintaining your gun is ensuring that it is properly cleaned. While your cleaning kit can contain a number of different items, depending on how frequently you use your weapon and what type of gun you have, some essentials every gun owner should have include:

  • Cleaning Solvents and Cotton Cleaning Patches: This is perhaps the most basic element in any gun cleaning kit and helps ensure that your gun’s barrel is clear of any residue.
  • Gun Oil: Protects your firearm from rust.
  • Cleaning Rod or Bore Guide: An effective gun should be able to fire correctly. If your barrel has any obstructions in it, you risk causing injury to yourself or to bystanders when you fire your gun. A cleaning rod will ensure that your barrel is completely clear, so you can be confident that your weapon is ready to fire. A bore brush is similar to a cleaning rod but can be used on rifles without damaging the delicate parts in the chamber, throat, or crown.

Be Careful

Gun ownership comes with responsibility, and if you’re looking to maintain your firearm correctly, it’s essential to be careful when handling it. Treat any gun like it’s loaded unless you’ve confirmed that there are no bullets inside. Make sure as well to never point your gun at another person, unless you’re looking to shoot.

Additionally, proper care means being careful and cautious when storing your weapon. Make sure that it’s out of the reach of anyone, especially children, and that when it’s not in use, it’s securely stored in a gun locker. Check your local laws to ascertain whether there are storage laws that you need to follow, and make sure you complete all your legal obligations to the letter.

As a new gun owner, you’re undoubtedly extremely excited about your new purchase. That said, there’s a lot that goes into being a responsible owner and making sure that your gun performs to the best of its capabilities when you do have to fire it. Make sure to speak to more experienced gun enthusiasts, including people at the store you bought your weapon from, for more suggestions on how to maintain your gun.

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Jaya Mckeown

Jaya Mckeown - Jaya moved to Boston from New York to pursue a master's degree in corporate communications at Emerson College. This experience, combined with her undergraduate degree in psychology and teaching, has equipped her with valuable skills that she employs on a daily basis in real estate negotiations, homebuyer and seller education, and successful promotion of the team's listings. Jaya's clients often characterize her as meticulous, proactive, and enjoyable to be around.

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