If you have just purchased a new pistol, then you need to be a responsible gun owner and make sure you take the right steps to safeguard your weapon and also learn about it. You should not act like Dirty Harry and just leave your pistol lying around out in the open or carry it in your waistband. That might look cool in the movies, but it is definitely not something you want to do. So you need to safeguard it, as well as learn how to use it. Here are three things to do as soon as you get the gun.
Get A Safe To Store It In
Some people place their weapon in a nightstand drawer or in a dresser drawer. The problem with this approach is that you risk someone stumbling upon the weapon. If you have young kids in the house, this sort of unsecured storage is unthinkable. Even if you don't have kids, you might have guests who wander in during a party, or even a superintendent (if you live in an apartment) or a plumber or some other workman. So to avoid these people finding and misusing your pistol, get a safe. You can get a small safe that can be placed under your bed or in a dresser drawer. It doesn't have to be one of these large closet safes since you are only storing a pistol and ammo, not a large rifle.
Pick Up A Transport Lock Box
You are going to want to take your gun with you to different locations, and that requires a transport container. Your home safe will be too large. You can get a soft carrying bag, as long as it has a locking zipper. However, most people like the small, hard plastic or wooden containers. These are useful when you head to the shooting range. In many areas, you can't just keep a gun on your person without a carry and conceal permit, so you will need some sort of transport container.
Visit A Range For Pistol Training
Of course, you need to learn how to shoot the gun. You can't simply expect to fire a gun without training. Would you just jump behind the wheel and expect to drive? Well, it's the same with a pistol, you need training. So find a pistol class that is geared towards beginners. They will show you how to shoot the gun, as well as how to properly care for the weapon. This includes how to disassemble the gun and how to clean it. This is important because a clean gun is a working gun; a dirty gun can malfunction, and that is the last thing you want if the need to defend yourself and your family occurs.