The first thing to know about owning a gun is that it requires maturity and a deep sense of responsibility.
If you have a fantasy that it would be cool to own a .45 semi-automatic handgun, it’s time to get a reality check. Just because you’ve seen the gun fired in a movie doesn’t mean that’s what it’s like to fire one.
Before you buy a gun there are a few things you need to do.
Handgun Safety Course
If you’ve never owned a gun, then it is extremely important that you take a gun safety course. You need to know the laws, the proper way to handle a gun, how to clean it, how to store it, and how to fire it.
A qualified instructor needs to teach you. That is the only way to do it. Guns kill if they fall into irresponsible hands. Someone who is inexperienced can make a fatal mistake.
Don’t be that someone.
Fire A Variety of Guns Before You Choose
You may discover that a .45 is not right for you. It has a pretty heavy kick, and it is big. Some of the more expensive ones, like the Smith and Wesson M&P, come with interchangeable grips so that you can fit it to your hand size, but not all guns have this feature.
Therefore, a 9mm, .38 or even .22 may be better for you.
Find a reputable shooting range to target practice. If you can’t practice, don’t get a gun. You need to know how to use it, and you need to feel confident when firing it. Safety always comes first.