In this multi-part series, I will go into great detail about what I think a woman should know before, during, and after buying her first firearm. Over the next several weeks, I will share with you my tips and advice. Find part one here and part two here.
Of course, the unspoken tip is to wear lipstick, if you want to wear lipstick.
It can seem intimidating to walk into a gun store, particularly if it is your first time. The good news is, there are ways you can prepare. Here are some of my suggestions. Ladies (and the men who love them) please sound off in the comments if you have other ideas on how to make the gun buying experience as pleasurable as trying on jeans at Macy’s. Ok. Maybe that was a bad analogy.
Tip 3: Research, Research, Research
The internet is awesome. You’re on it now. Long gone are the days of having to take a salesperson’s word for it. You now have access to a million different opinions. Once you’ve decided on pistol, rifle, or shotgun, Google “best (whatever you chose) for new shooters”. In a couple of seconds you’ll be able to read about 50 different opinions. You’ll know whose voice you connect with as you read it. Take notes of what the people whose style you appreciate have to say. Make a short list of potential buys.
Then, research more. Make a spreadsheet (or at least notes on your phone). Compare prices, features, safety ratings, everything you can find and care about should be counted. Then, find videos of people reviewing these firearms. You Tube has many reviewers (I intend to be among them soon) and like with the written word, you’ll find the people you trust. If I can make one suggestion, start with Hickok45. I’ve never met him but I have never had him fail to impress me or give an honest opinion. Unfortunately, there aren’t many women out there reviewing firearms. But if you find some you like, let me know.
Something to keep in mind as you research, particularly if you choose a pistol, is that (unlike other things) smaller is not always better when you’re learning. Larger, longer barrelled guns are usually a better choice for a beginner. You’ll have better control over the gun due to it weighing a bit more and because of the barrel length, they are more accurate. You don’t want to be fighting a snappy recoil with a less accurate pistol when you’re learning.
After you’ve narrowed your list to between 5 and 10 choices, it’s time to find a place to try them out!