Top Considerations for the New Gun Owner

If you’re a new gun owner, welcome to the best community on the planet. You probably have a lot of questions and aren’t sure what the first things you’ll need to complete your gun-owning experience are. That’s why we’ve put together a quick look at what every new gun owner needs to save you some time.


gun safeWe’ve all read the stories in the newspapers, seen the photos of grieving parents who didn’t lock their guns and lost a child in a tragic accident. So one thing you’ll want to start with is a gun safe. Every one of us can keep those around us out of harm’s way by taking the time to secure your new weapon. If it’s not on your person, be sure it won’t be in untrained hands by purchasing a locking cabinet, whether it’s a stealth design or out in the open.

Biometric safes – coded to your fingerprint – are a great option for accessibility and swift retrieval. Higher-end models allow a large number of recorded fingerprints, offering access to family members. You don’t have to go high end, though, and in many municipalities you may even be able to receive free trigger locks and cables – call your town or city hall and ask.


Well, of course, right? But it’s not that simple. What caliber? Rimfire or centerfire? Ball or hollow point? It all depends on what you’re targeting and what you want to do to it.

Ball bullets cost less than hollow points, but they rip through soft targets like nobody’s business. Here at Top Brass range, that’s not an issue, but if you discharge your weapon in a different situation, collateral damage is a real consideration to keep in mind. Ball bullets tend to pass through soft targets like animals with ease, meaning that if you aren’t careful with your sighting, you could cause unexpected collateral damage. If you’re target shooting at a range, this shouldn’t be an issue, but it’s something to be mindful of when shooting at your property or when using ball bullets for a hunt.


If your new purchase is a handgun, you’ll want to take your time and find the right holster. There are many options to consider, including the different fits, materials and looks, so you’ll want to have an idea of what you want (or don’t want) before you start looking. Try it on. Sit. Stand. Bend. Reach for your weapon. Walk around. A good holster should feel like a part of you. If it doesn’t, keep shopping. We have our favorites here at the store, so don’t hesitate to come in and try some on.  We always encourage our customers to bring in their gun (UNLOADED of Course)  to make sure we get the right holster for your gun.

Cleaning Kit

gun cleaning kitDon’t look at gun cleaning as a chore; instead, think of it as getting to know your piece – inside and out. Cleaning kits are very reasonably priced and contain everything you need – usually one or more rods, lube, brushes, patches and cotton mops. Put on some favorite music and enjoy the process of cleaning your gun.


Ear defenders and safety glasses might not make you look like John Wayne, but real life demands them. Actually, modern sleek wraparound safety eyewear looks – dare we say it? – even cooler. The chances of a ricochet or a flying fragment damaging your vision will be almost nil if you just take the time to don a pair of safety glasses. The same goes for hearing protection. If you’ve not fired your new weapon yet, you might be surprised at the ringing in your ears. Whether you choose an in-ear or over-the-ear style, find what works for you and doesn’t impede you in any way.

Form good habits early in your gun-owning experience, and they’ll stay with you, keeping you and yours out of harm’s way. At Top Brass, we can help you find these accessories and more to complete your gun ownership experience and offer you training to provide you with further knowledge and skills. Call us today at 901-873-2264 or stop in and see us in Millington, Tennessee.

Written by Top Brass Sports

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