The recent rise in the number of firearm purchases translates to a lot of first-time gun owners purchasing firearms. If you’re a long-time shooter who grew up around firearms the notion that buying a gun could be intimidating is hard to fathom—in fact, buying a new gun is one of the activities most seasoned shooters enjoy most. But if you’ve never bought a firearm (or maybe never even been in a gun shop), then the task of selecting and purchasing a firearm can be a challenge. Primarily, a lot of people don’t want to look unknowledgeable , which is perfectly understandable. They want to be sure that their hard-earned money is well-spent and they don’t end up buying the wrong gun. Here are a couple of tips to help you make a wise purchase.

1. Do Your Homework:

You don’t need to know the manufacturer or model of the firearm you want when you walk into our store. You should have some idea of the type of gun (revolver or semi-auto handgun , ) We can also guide you to a caliber you may like. Let the sales person know what you will be using it for. ex: target, or conceal carry. Keep in mind, you don’t have to like or buy everyone’s suggestions. It’s like shoes. It has to fit you.

2. Find a Gun that Fits You:

When new shooters ask me what I carry I’m careful with my response. Some people love the way a semi-auto hand gun feels in their hand and how easy they are to conceal. Others prefer the simplicity of a revolver. At Smokin Gun Worx our gun shop has a range where you’ll have an opportunity to shoot numerous firearms safely through our rental program. We always have a certified Range Safety Officer on the range when shooters are present. They will be helpful to you when handling the firearms and keeping you safe. Guns are an investment, and as with any other investment you need to have as much info as possible beforehand.

3. Choose the Right Store:

If you’re seeking advice on which gun to buy make sure you pick a gun shop where you feel comfortable and welcome. At Smokin Gun Worx all our staff have firearm knowledge from different perspectives. Military, police, competitor, manufacture back ground and this IS their occupation. Our staff are passionate of their profession and want you to be excited too. Feel free to ask them what their firearm back ground is and why they are recommending that particular firearm. We’ll give you sound advice that is logical to the firearm you are looking at. You can’t, be guaranteed that level of service and knowledge when you purchase a firearm at a large chain store. Take your time and spend time shopping around to be sure that you’re getting the firearm that best fits your needs.

4. Opinions are Not Rules:

Don’t get too wrapped up in options. They seem to come naturally when you start to find your direction. We’ll help you decipher the knowledge regarding lasers, optics, speed loaders, calibers, ammunition and grips. Seeking the advice of a seasoned shooter is a good idea, but it’s more important to find a gun that you enjoy shooting and carrying.

5. Spend More Time At the Range Before You Buy:

It may seem odd to buy a membership to a shooting range before you actually purchase your firearm, but there are benefits. Whether you’re shooting with friends in the back yard or you enroll in a next-level shooting course, the more experience and trigger time you have the better equipped you’ll be to know what you like and what you don’t like. Most shooters feel that they immediately need to purchase a gun when they obtain their CCW permit, but rushing to purchase or buying a gun strictly on the opinions of others is not as valuable as spending time shooting a wide variety of guns and finding what works for you.

So, congratulations and good luck on your new journey with firearms and Smokin Gun Worx will be here to answer your questions.