First-Time Handgun Owner’s Guide


The Four Golden Rules of Gun Safety.
Firearms are Tools.
Know Your Local Laws.
Be careful With Self-Proclaimed Experts.
The Movies aren't right.
There is No One Right Handgun Grip or Stance for Everyone.
Shotguns Aren't Necessarily Best for Home Defense.
AR-15s are Not Assault Rifles.
Hi, Notice you're new alex411, welcome to the forum! :)
Can learn much and have a good time here too. Enjoy!
On the post, the math's a bit rusty, but good statements so far. Safety is always 1st and always treat every firearm as if it's loaded are other good ones to remember. Experts? There may be a few around here, but most anyone known is always a student 1st. Is always time to learn. Stay safe and have a good time.


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I echo Bob's welcome, alex411. Good to have you here.

My philosophy in life in general is that if you pay attention, you can learn something from anyone. You never know it all!


Fantastic video Paul! My daughter will be watching this soon since she finally decided she would like to learn to shoot.

I came from a large family of 10 kids that grew up in the suburbs with no firearms of any kind. At 30 (35 years ago now) I received my grandfather's 3 singleshot guns, a 1938 Rem Targetmaster 22 LR, a 1940 H&R 20 ga and a Steven's 12 ga. I had never seen them before, they had been stored in his attic as he had stopped hunting many years before. That's when I had to start teaching myself since I did not know anyone else who knew anything about guns.

It has been a long road since then with additional rifles, shotguns, black powder, handguns and finally ARs, all with a lot of learning, self safety training and cleaning all along the way. I'm glad this kind educational videos are available today so the uninformed don't have to dig as hard to learn as I have.


With new gun owners the first thing I tell them is to always be aware exactly where that muzzle is pointing. Down and away from everything you would not want to kill or maim. Loaded or especially when 'empty,' always down and away.
Keep your ammo put away, all of it, until you are packing for the range. Practice handling the cleared gun, learn about its field strip, but don't play with it. If goofy friends drop in, put it away. The average crowd can be pretty dangerous.
Last I tell them to never drink before or during range outings. Firearm handling is serious business. There's no tolerance of foolishness.
Then there's a whole lot more.