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A Gun Can Save Your Life: Here’s How To Choose Your First

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Embarking on the journey of selecting your first firearm can be both exciting and overwhelming. Whether you’re looking for a reliable home defense gun, choosing the right weapon for concealed carry, or looking for something to get your feet wet in the world of defensive shooting, choosing the right firearm is a crucial decision requiring careful consideration.

Many people will end up simply not buying a gun because they didn’t grow up in a family with a strong culture of responsible firearm ownership. However, if the last few years have taught us anything, it is that we can only rely on ourselves for the defense of our home and our family.

To that end, we want to make the process of purchasing your first firearm a lot less daunting and intimidating. We want everyone who feels called to feel empowered with responsible firearms ownership. So we hope this helps you to find that first firearm you’ve been thinking about but haven’t yet pulled the trigger on. 

Why Do You Want A Firearm?

First things first: Why do you want a gun? Hunting? Self-defense? Recreational shooting? Everyday carry? Every one of these has slightly different uses. You need to decide what you’re buying before you even go into the gun shop. The first question they’re going to ask you there is what you want the weapon for. 

This choice will impact everything about the weapon you are about to buy. It will change the size of the weapon itself as well as determine what size the bullet in the gun will be. So be very clear about why you want the weapon and what you intend to use it for. 

The world of firearms offers a diverse range of options, including handguns, rifles, and shotguns. Each type serves different purposes, so it’s important to understand their characteristics. Handguns are versatile and suitable for self-defense, while rifles offer accuracy at longer ranges, and shotguns are effective for hunting and home defense. Consider your intended use and preferences when exploring these options.

Finding The Right First Weapon

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Many will tell you to get the weapon that’s easiest to use. You don’t want to get the one that’s hardest to use, however, you do want to choose a weapon that’s designed for the purpose that you need. From there you can learn how to wield the tool properly. Most people seeking a weapon for any kind of defense are going to skew toward a semi-automatic because those are some of the easiest to use and the recoil tends to be more manageable than a wheel gun. 

You also want a gun that fits comfortably in your hands, which leads us to an important point: Don’t buy any gun until you’ve tried it out. For first-time gun owners, it’s often surprising to learn that you can try before you buy at most gun shops. So ask to try stuff out. 

In general, you shouldn’t be afraid to talk to the guy behind the counter about guns. You might get the impression from TV and movies that guys working in gun shops are total snobs who will laugh you out of the store for not knowing exactly what you want because you’ve been shooting guns since the second you came out of the womb. But nothing could be further from the truth. On the contrary, many are eager and excited to help first-time gun owners find a weapon that works for them. 

If you know any experienced gun owners, feel free to ask them. Even the guys in the aisle at the gun store are going to be pleased as punch to talk to you about what they think “the best” gun is. 

Choosing your first firearm is a significant decision that requires thoughtful consideration. By identifying your purpose, seeking expert advice, exploring different types of firearms, prioritizing safety, and testing before you buy, you can make an informed choice aligned with your needs and preferences. Remember that the right firearm is a tool for protecting yourself and your family.

Do you have any advice for people buying their first firearm? Or even their second firearm? Leave your comments below.

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Black Friday 2023: The Best Deals For Gun Enthusiasts

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Christmas is right around the corner. That’s not only exciting because of the celebrations and the gifts, but also because of the deals you can get around Christmas shopping time. 

King among these is Black Friday. If Black Friday is the king, then Cyber Monday is the queen. Either way, you can get deep discounts on things you want to buy as gifts, but also maybe for gifts that you want to buy for yourself while shopping for others. 

Most people are on the hunt for cheap electronics or fashion finds. However, over the last few years Black Friday and Cyber Monday have become excellent sources of great deals on firearms, ammunition and firearms related products and accessories. 

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Read further for some of the hottest discounts that you’ll be able to find this upcoming Black Friday. It doesn’t matter if you’re an experienced shooter or a novice looking to get deeper into the hobby – everyone loves a great deal.

Guns.com

Guns.com is one of the most popular websites on the Internet to get firearms. They’ve run Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals for years now, and we’re sure that 2023 will be no exception. While the site is not currently sharing any planned Black Friday or Cyber Monday deals, they have announced that they will be participating.

While you wait for the special Black Friday deals to drop, go check out their usually steep discounts on some of your favorite firearms. These change from season to season. 

Sportsman’s Warehouse

Sportsman’s Warehouse hasn’t announced their Black Friday deals yet, but is known for offering some of the hottest doorbusters for gun enthusiasts on Black Friday year after year. Last year they were offering $100 off of some of the most popular handguns on the market from Sig Sauer and Taurus. Rifles from Savage and Charles Daly were likewise on steep discount, as was Fiocchi ammunition as well your favorite apparel and firearms gear brands.

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Angstadt Arms

If you want to skip the middleman and go straight to the manufacturer, Angstadt Arms already has their Black Friday deals on display. While the discounts aren’t quite as deep, the low regular prices mean that you’re still going t be getting an amazing deal on a weapon. 

Pistols, rifles, lower receivers, carrier assemblies, buffer kits, triggers and receiver sets are all on sale starting on Black Friday. 

Cabela’s and Bass Pro Shop

Cabela’s and Bass Pro Shop are another big box retailer offering deep discounts on some of your favorite firearms, apparel and accessories. These vary from year to year and like the other major retailers on our list, they have not listed their discounts for the year. But in the past you’ve been able to get hoodies, beanies, Garmin Echomaps and even rifles at a significant discount below the usual retail price. 

Black Friday is the perfect time to score great deals on firearms. Lots of your favorite gun shops and online retailers will be offering discounts. While you might be (rightly) looking forward to getting to get your dream gun at a steep discount, you also need to remember to follow the law when buying any new firearm.

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Black Friday is a golden opportunity for gun enthusiasts to stock up your own personal armory. Whether you’re looking to add a new gun to your collection, stock up on your favorite ammunition caliber, or upgrade your firearms accessories, Black Friday is the time to lock in those bullseye bargains. 

Happy shopping!

Where have you historically gotten the best deals for Black Friday? What’s the Black Friday or Cyber Monday deal that you’ve gotten that stands out the most? Share your experience in the comments below. 

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Winter Firearm Maintenance: Keeping Your Guns in Top Shape

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Winter hunting and shooting sports come with unique challenges demanding extra attention to the maintenance of your firearms. The winter months are harsh, coming with extreme temperatures and moisture, which can impact the performance of your firearms. To ensure safe and reliable working order, you must follow a regular and thorough winter firearm maintenance routine. 

Why You Need To Perform Winter Firearms Maintenance

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Extreme cold can significantly impact firearm performance. Metal components will come into contract with cold weather. This can cause significant issues with your cycling, trigger pull, and, ultimately, your accuracy.

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Snow, rain, and winter condensation and other forms of precipitation and winter humidity can introduce moisture to your firearm. If you’re not properly maintaining your firearms, this moisture can cause corrosion and rust.

Don’t forget winter debris, either. Those who live in cold environments know that even after the snow stops falling it’s going to stick around for days, weeks or months. That exposes your firearms to snow, ice, and dirt, which potentially interferes with actions, mechanisms, and moving parts.

The Essential Winter Firearm Maintenance Routine

Like most things in the world of firearms, you can go totally crazy if you want… but there’s a basic minimum of maintenance that your firearm requires if you want it to remain in good working order year over year. 

Field Stripping and Inspection 

Before heading out on a hunt or going to the range, field strip your weapon to its major components, then inspect them. This includes the barrel, the action, and any moving moving parts. Look for any signs of fouling, corrosion, or damage. Clean and lubricate each part as necessary.

Proper Lubrication For Winter Months

In the winter months, get yourself a firearm-specific lubricant rated for lower temperatures. Apply the lubricant sparingly to moving parts, which will reduce friction. Don’t over-lubricate, though – excess oil can attract dirt and freeze.

Clean Your Barrel

It’s important to regularly clean the barrel of your guns thoroughly using a bore brush in conjunction with a solvent. Ensure there’s no fouling or residue, which can impact accuracy. After cleaning out the barrel, swab out bore with an oil-soaked patch, which will protect against moisture.

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Protect Against Moisture 

The best way to preserve your firearms in good working order is to prevent problems before they occur. So you should invest in a firearm cover or moisture-resistant sleeves. These will shield your firearms from the elements when you’re not using them.

Magazine Maintenance 

Don’t forget the magazines when you’re maintaining your weapons. Take some time to disassemble and clean your magazines regularly. You want them to be free from dirt, snow, or ice that can affect feeding.

Safeguarding Your Optics

For many firearms enthusiasts, the glass is arguably more important than the weapon itself. In fact, you might have even paid more for your glass than you did for the firearm that it sits on. All of this underscores the importance of safeguarding your optics through regular maintenance, including specialized maintenance for the colder winter months. 

Protecting Your Sope And Your Lens

Investing in scope covers will help to protect your optics from snow, rain, and dirt. Be aware that sudden temperature changes, which can lead to lens fogging.

In the case that you do experience lens fogging there’s an easy solution: anti-fog solutions or wipes specifically designed for optics. Apply these on an “as needed” basis to prevent condensation and maintain clear visibility.

Holster Maintenance

Your holster, likewise, will need some kind of maintenance. Remember that, especially for those who carry on a daily basis, your holster is arguably as important as your weapon. 

Ensure that all of your holsters are in good condition and not cracked or compromised. Holster covers can help to shield your handguns from the elements while they’re holstered.

It’s not just your weapon that needs lubrication. Holsters should also be well-lubricated to maintain smooth draws when the weather gets cold. Silicone-based lubricants are great for keeping your holster in good working condition.

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It doesn’t matter if you’re a hunter, sports shooter, survivalist, every day carry enthusiast or just like going to the range. You have to maintain your firearms properly and prepare them for the winter months. Proper maintenance and protection ensures that your firearms will work like you want and need them to when you have to use them. 

Following proper maintenance techniques for all seasons ensures that you will have a working firearm for many years to come. 

Keeping your firearms in top shape during the winter season ensures their reliability, safety, and optimal performance. By following a thorough maintenance routine and protecting your firearms from the elements, you can confidently face the challenges of winter while enjoying your chosen outdoor activities. Remember, a well-maintained firearm is a reliable companion in any season.

Do you have a specific firearms maintenance routine or schedule that you follow? Share your maintenance routine in the comments below. 

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Gun Grabber In Chief Politicizes Lewiston Tragedy

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Gun Grabber in Chief Biden is at it again. His recent statements once again raise concerns for freedom lovers and gun owners. Biden is cynically using the aftermath of the tragic rampage killing in Lewiston, Maine to advocate for taking guns out of the hands of law-abiding citizens, including a ban on so called “assault weapons” and “high-capacity magazines.”

It’s more important than ever to stand up for our freedoms.

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The White House’s cynical proposal urges Republican lawmakers to collaborate on measures that threaten our fundamental rights. Biden’s plan includes banning so-called “assault weapons” and “high-capacity magazines,” as well as introducing universal background checks, mandating expensive storage methods for firearms, and emboldening frivolous lawsuits on the firearms industry.

Everyone grieves at the senseless loss of life in Lewiston. However, it is essential to protect the rights of law-abiding, responsible gun owners. The protect American citizens against tyrannical government overreach.

Maine’s strong tradition of responsible gun ownership, rooted in its hunting and sport shooting culture, is a testament to the state’s commitment to preserving these rights. The absence of a permit requirement to carry firearms in Maine reflects a deep respect for the principles of the Second Amendment.

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Recent efforts to tighten gun laws, such as background checks and bans on accessories like bump stocks, have faced resistance from those who understand the importance of upholding the Constitution.

In this time of sorrow, it’s crucial for staunch supporters of the Second Amendment to rally together and protect our constitutional rights. The Second Amendment is a critical safeguard against the erosion of our freedoms, and we must vehemently defend it against any encroachments. Let us remember that the right to bear arms is a bedrock of American liberty, and we must remain steadfast in our commitment to preserving it.

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