Guns for Beginners

There are probably a lot of things going on in your mind right now; you are asking yourself so many questions about gun ownership. Plus, the responsibility and the ability to take one’s life easily could also hinder you from purchasing your first gun. There are many ways to make sure you are ready to get your first gun, there are orientations, seminars, counselling and license. If you got all of those things and you feel you are ready to delve in the world of guns, you’ve got to learn the basics and understand how to get the best gun for a beginner. Before that, we are going to discuss the parts of a gun.

Guns do have the following components: muzzle, breach, hammer and trigger. Let’s us start with the muzzle, which the front of the gun. This is a hole where the projectile comes out.

Breech is the back part of the gun. If you study the history of guns, ammo was loaded through the muzzle in the early days. Those are called muzzle-loading guns. AS time progresses, guns started to be loaded through the breech and thus they are called breech-loading guns.

Hammer is the one responsible for igniting the bullet primer and pushes the bullet out of the muzzle. It was called as hammer because it hammers the bullet out through the muzzle. Most handguns, the hammer is visible outside while rifles and pistols do have their hammer internally installed most of the time.

The trigger is the one you pull. A common quote that says, “Pull the trigger” is probably popular to you. This makes the gun do its purpose; shoot the bullet out of the muzzle towards its target. This is also the part of the firearm that files the round.

What Gun Should I Get?

If you are a complete beginner, you should get a handgun first. Most of the time, handguns are cheap, fun and easy to use. A .22 caliber handgun is a perfect complete beginner’s tool to learn how to shoot. It has a light feel, cheap to shoot and fun. Before moving up to a higher caliber, you should be proficient in handling and using lower calibers first. It’s like a step-by-step increase until you reach your desired caliber.

You should also consider your budget when getting a gun. Shooting is an expensive hobby and concealed carry is a serious thing. This is in no way a joke and you’ve got to have the patience, budget and seriousness before entering the world of firearms. In addition to that, ammunition is also a thing to consider. If you practice on a regular basis, you must also buy ammunition on a regular basis. But don’t be afraid to spend a little more for a quality firearm. If it’s taken care of properly, you can have service for a lifetime and it can even be passed down to your kids.

Essential Hunting Accessories

If you are going to hunt, you’ve got to have the right gears and accessories because not having them can affect your hunting odds quite tremendously. However, always remember that there is no substitute for hunting knowledge and experience and getting a very expensive gear won’t magically turn you into an elite hunter. You will still need to practice and learn the basics. Ignoring those things, I’m sure you are pretty confident about your current skill and you want to proceed hunting and are looking for the right gears and accessories to increase your odds. Here, we are going to list some of the most essential hunting accessories that you will need.

Of course, you need a rifle or a crossbow and ammunitions. They are the primary tools you’ll need to go hunting, unless you want to hunt deer by spears. Now, for the accessories, there are several things you’ll need. Aside from permits/licenses, which are pretty obvious, you will need to have the map, GPS, scopes and proper hunting attire.

Hunting Maps

If you want a low cost solution to know where a hunter is located, a map is the best choice. They can be obtained via local outposts or can be downloaded online via state government websites. With these, you can easily know where you can hunt and where you can’t. They also contain compass rose and distance measurements. Therefore, the ability to read a map well is an essential skill in hunting.

First Aid Kit & An LED Flashlight

If you’re planning on going on a hunting trip it’s advisable to bring a first aid kit and a high quality LED flashlight. These two items should be self explanatory, if you get caught in a jam you’re going to want to have a decent first aid kit and a very good flashlight. LED flashlights tend to last for a very long time and have multiple settings, which is why we recommend that over a cheap Wal-Mart light.

GPS Devices

GPS devices provide a digital map with real-time directions and position updates. If you aren’t well versed in reading maps, then GPS are for you, though you’ll have to invest more money in getting one. A clear line of sight is needed with the sky or the device might lose signal. In addition to that, a GPS device could lose signal in a mountainous terrain.

Hunting Attire

Another essential gear for hunting is of course, hunting attire. It’s not just about the looks or about being able to be distinguished as a hunter or just for fashion, wearing proper hunting attire offers protection and will serve as a camouflage. If you’re not blending enough with your environment, chances are that you’ll end up scaring your targets.

Additional Hunting Accessories

  • Ear Protection – if you’re a bow hunter, you’ll never need it but it’s a different thing if you’re going to use a rifle or shotgun.
  • Cleaning Equipment – as you know, hunting is a dirty sport, literally. You’ll end up soiling your accessories and better get some good cleaning equipment
  • Calls and scents – if used properly these are an effective way to attract the game you are hunting.

As mentioned before, getting the perfect hunting gear won’t make you a master hunter. Basics and fundamentals are still essential.