Looking for a new hunting rifle or target-shooting handgun can be interesting, but those aren't the only things you should get when you go to a gun shop. If you're using firearms – and if you're a long-time hunter or target-shooter, you know this already – you need to keep safety in mind. If you're new to the world of hunting and guns, you also have an opportunity to find out a lot about gun and weapons history. Gun shops do more than just sell guns and ammo – they are often places where you can go to find out a lot about different models and history.
Lessons on Gun Safety
You might have been shooting guns to hunt for years – decades, even – but unless you've been trained specifically in gun safety, you could be doing things that are risky and that put your life or that of others at risk. These are harsh and unwelcome statements, but true statements for unfortunately too many people. Gun shops often have classes or can point you toward schools that have safety classes. And if you are a gun-safety expert, get your family into these classes if they haven't learned yet.
If you're buying guns, you need a gun safe if you do not already have one. Even if you are living alone and think you have extensive gun knowledge, you need a safe. At the very least, it will protect the guns and prevent them from being taken should someone sneak into your home. A safe also helps keep all your supplies organized, and if you make an effort to return everything to the safe when you're done with it, you'll never have issues with missing ammunition or cleaning supplies.
More Weaponry Knowledge Than You Realized
The people who run gun shops need to be knowledgeable about how each firearm responds and what issues it has. But many of these employees and owners are also very knowledgeable about weapons in general, something that can help you if you're ever tasked with dealing with a relative's estate that includes weapons. Casual and dedicated collectors alike often end up with assorted knives and swords along with not-so-common firearms like antique military-issue guns. If you're not sure what you're looking at when you clean out your relative's place, call local gun shops to see if anyone there can take a look at the items, including those knives and swords. It's more common than you realize for people to have old items like surplus bayonets and other military weapons out of interest, and gun shop staff often recognize these things and can help you determine what to do with them.
For more information, visit a gun shop in your area.