Buying your first firearm can be a lengthy research project(as it should be!) via YouTube, online websites, magazines, etc.
I was not raised around firearms, nor did I have any intentions of getting into firearms but it has escalated quickly by how enjoyable they are to shoot, the right to defend myself and loved ones, collect, hold their values, and enjoy with others. While it isn’t the cheapest of hobbies anymore, it has its benefits and rewards.
I’m no expert, nor have I claimed to be. I have been around firearms since I was 16 and am now a photographer in the firearms industry, attending SHOT Shows, NRA Conventions, and shooting events.
First time buyers guide explained:
Those of you who are looking to purchase a firearm/s for the first time.
1. Take a gun safety course!
Firearm safety is vital to any purchaser, you have to know how to be safe with it on the range, during transportation, and disassembly/reassembly. Firearms are an inanimate object but can still cause bodily harm or death.
2. Familiarize yourself with the different firearms
There are shotguns, pistols, and rifles(not getting into SBR’s and SBS’s today).
3. What are you going to be using the firearm for?
Pistols can be purchased in a wide array of calibers. Ranging in carry sizes to completion or hunting.
Rifles have several action types, bolt action, semi-auto, lever action, and pumps.
Shotguns as well, bolt action, pump, semi-auto, and lever action.
4. What’s your price range?
Keep in mind everything when it comes to pricing:
Quality and dependability. You want a firearm that’ll last a lifetime. You shouldn’t have to worry about a firearm that might not function at the range, or in a moment your life depends on it.
Don’t forget to include ammunition, carrying case, a safe to lock it in, holster, different accessories, etc. to be included in your budget.
Now for some more specific points:
I always recommend a great .22lr for everyone’s first firearm. Or at least go out with a friend and familiarize yourself with a .22lr. They’re cheap to shoot, very little recoil, and gets you accustom to firearms.
Some recommended .22lr firearms include:
Ruger 10/22. Can be had for around $200, used or new. Can be customized to your liking. Lifetime warranty(transferable).
Smith & Wesson M&P15-22. The best AR style .22lr available. Disassembles just like a AR(bolt design and standard blowback system is different than AR’s).
S&W M&P 22 Compact. One of the best .22lr pistols available. Familiarizes you to standard pistol designs for later purchases.
Ruger SR22 Pistol. Without a doubt, the most reliable, any ammo eating pistol available. Lifetime warranty(transferable).
Glock 42, 43, 26, and 30.
My four pistols of choice.
42: soft shooting .380ACP. Striker fired pistol with a smooth trigger with dozens of holster options available.
43: a bit bigger than the 42, but packs the punch of a 9mm.
26: bigger and thicker, but holds 10+1 or 12+1 with mag plates. 9mm
30: thicker yet, but holds 10+1 in .45 ACP.
Other quality pistol manufacturers:
Springfield Armory, S&W, Beretta, Ruger, and Walther.
Self Defense rifles:
Quality but on a tight budget:
Ruger AR-556. Lifetime warranty, AR carbine that is a huge bang for your buck. Around $600, you get a rifle that is ready to shoot out of the box.
Smith and Wesson M&P15. Different models available but you can find these just about anywhere and are similar to the Ruger.
Do not recommend rifles:
Bushmaster, DPMS, Colt, etc. there’s nothing wrong with them, but you can find better customer service elsewhere, better quality for lesser or equal money. Colt is a company who just filed bankruptcy and may not be around to warranty your rifle. They’ve always been heavy on not supporting the civilian market which is shameful and I don’t feel the need to pay higher prices for colts due to their name brand.
I prefer my Winchester 1300’s because of their smooth action, back trigger guard pump release, and their choke system.
Remington 870’s quality has dramatically weakened over the past 5-10 years.
Other quality shotgun manufacturers:
Benelli, Beretta, Kel-Tec, FNH, & CZ.
I wrote this without structure and I know some of you have wanted a guide. If you have anymore questions, comments, if I missed something, etc. please chime in! Reblog, add your recommendations to the list. I’m not expert, just a person who is passionate about firearms, and the second amendment.
I will more than likely come out with a full firearms guide in relation to different firearms instead of clumping it all into one like this.
For example, a write-up on AR’s, a write-up on Glocks, etc.
Stay tuned ladies and gentlemen. I’m just getting started!!
I bought another Kel-Tec KSG. Got an amazing deal on it that I could not pass up. I added some fixed AR sights I had laying around. I haven’t added a flash suppressor or Kydex Cheek Cover, not even sure if I’ll make it match the first one. 2nd pic includes my three bull pups: RFB & 2 KSG’s.
A bullpup rifle chambered in 7.62x51/.308, the RFB was one of the most anticipated new firearm platforms. There weren’t many (if any) bullpups in that caliber, the RFB was a hard to find and costly since Kel-Tec wasn’t able to produced enough to meet the market demands. It wasn’t perfect and has had its share of criticism regarding its reliability. (GRH)
Bullpup 12 gauge shotgun made in the United States. Although it generated a lot of hype, the first generation models had design flaws. One of the most well known was that the forearm rail section had a tendency to crack when you installed a vertical grip to assist in using the pump-action. Current models supposedly have addressed that issue. The owner of this one actually did something different; using a hand stop instead of a vertical grip. Much more low profile ergonomic way to acctuate the pump. (GRH)