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Handle a Firearm Before You Buy

Handle a Firearm Before You Buy

You wouldn’t buy a new car without test driving it to see if you like the way it handles. The same should be true when you're buying a gun. You should handle any firearm buying it. Here are few points to consider before investing in a gun.

How Well Does the Gun Fit Your Hand?

Some firearms will fit in your hand better than others. If you're considering purchasing a specific gun, heft it and see if you like the way it feels in your hand. Compare the way it feels to other guns. The salesperson at your gun shop will be happy to assist you with finding the right gun that feels best.

The salesperson will likely walk you through these steps:

  1. Grasp the gun firmly around the grip.
  2. Keep your finger off the trigger and outside the trigger guard.
  3. Remember, never point the gun toward anyone.
  4. Can you easily maneuver the safety off and on?
  5. Does the gun feel too heavy or too light in your hand?

These steps and questions can help you determine if the gun you’re considering will be a good fit for your hand. If it's too big or heavy, you could have a problem controlling the gun when you shoot it. This could cause injury to you or others. You also want to be able to quickly turn the safety off and on so you aren’t wasting time if you need to take a shot fast.

Try Several HandGuns Before You Buy

Buying a handgun is an investment, and just like buying a gun safe for your home, you want to get it right the first time. If you are buying a gun, the best thing to do is to try several before making your final decision.

When possible, go to a gun store that has a shooting range. You may be able to rent different firearms and try them out to see which one you like best. A quality gun shop with knowledgeable employees will usually have an expert on-hand who can recommend which guns you should try.

While you're buying a gun, don’t forget to check out a new Liberty gun safe for secure storage!


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