Many people in the world own guns, whether they're used for protection or hobby purposes. As with any new acquisition, it can take time to feel comfortable with it. You need to understand how it functions and how to use it.
Whilst confidence often comes with time, there are ways you can speed up the process – and that's what this article is all about.
1. Learn How Guns Work
Firearms are instruments that discharge projectiles using the expansion of gas. The trigger releases a spring-loaded striker that impacts a percussion cap at the back end of the cartridge, igniting the powder. The flame from the powder then travels through a small hole called a “flashhole” into the main body of gunpowder.
As this propellant burns, it creates high pressure and propels both bullet and casing down the barrel. The rifling inside the barrel imparts a spin to the projectile which gyroscopically stabilizes its flight.
A recoil buffer helps reduce the firearm recoil and vibration felt by shooters. Modern guns also use various sights or scopes to help line up the projectile with the target. There are many guns types including handguns, shotguns and rifles. They all function similarly but have different lengths of barrel, which changes their muzzle velocity.
2. Maintain Its Appearance
Regular maintenance will keep it working for you. Wipe your gun off with an oiled cloth after each use. This will remove the dirt and grime that may have accumulated during the day, and it will also help prevent rusting of the metal parts. The other thing you should do is wipe down the barrel using another clean section on your rag, together with some solvent (do this monthly if not weekly) to remove any excess gunpowder residue or other grime. Then store your firearm inside a well-ventilated case.
Whilst these tips will help enhance your gun's appearance, there are some cosmetic options available as well. It's possible to go online and buy gun wraps and skins that are pre-cut and designed specifically for your weapon. Whether you want a camo, USA flag, shop, or DIY design, you can opt for a matte, glossy, or glitter finish.
3. Think Safety
When you are handling a gun, safety should be your number one priority. There are many safety features on guns, and it is important to learn how to use them properly. It is also important to practice safe shooting habits. Keep your gun pointed in a safe direction, keeping your muzzle pointed downrange at all times. Always make sure that you have a clear target, and don't shoot if there is someone in the line of fire. Only ever put your finger on the trigger when you are ready to fire.
In order to be fully proficient and responsible with your weapon, you should consider attending a firearms safety course. They are often offered by Police officers, firearms dealers, and shooting ranges. These courses can provide you with the basic knowledge needed to operate your firearm safely.
4. Carry It Correctly
You don't want people to see your gun. A visible firearm can make you a target for theft or assault. If possible, carry your gun in a place where it is hidden from view. This may mean investing in a good-quality holster that keeps the weapon concealed.
When you carry your gun, make sure you do so in a way that is both comfortable and practical. You don't want the holster to be so tight that it's difficult to draw, or so loose that the gun falls out. Make sure you can easily access the weapon when you need it.
5. Get A Teacher
If you want to be confident with your gun, one of the best options is to get a qualified instructor or to attend classes. You should always get some professional coaching before going out on patrol or hunting in the wild. If there are no classes available near you, purchase a membership at a local gun club and take advantage of their range time.
You should also consider reading books or watching online classes from great instructors like Ben Stoeger or Travis Tomasie. There may also be a local community program for self-defense training that could help you.
Practice makes perfect, so get shooting within a safe environment. If you learn with a friend it will become even more enjoyable. When the fun's over, clean off your gun and keep it safely away from other people including children. Over time your confidence will increase, and so will your enjoyment of owning such a weapon.