8 Common Gun Buying Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

How to Avoid 8 Common Gun Buying MistakesEvery time there is talk of gun control legislation, gun sales soar because people who have thought about owning a gun rush out to buy a gun before it is too late. This article is intended for those who are relatively new to firearms purchasing, to help you successfully navigate the gun-buying process, be a safe and legal gun owner, and eventually get your concealed carry permit.

 

Here are the eight most common mistakes new gun buyers make:

 

Mistake #1: You Don’t Know the Applicable Laws

 

To hear gun control advocates tell it, you’d think anyone can walk into a store and waltz out a few minutes later loaded for bear. The truth is far different.

To buy a firearm you must present a valid state ID or driver’s license, fill out some federally required paperwork (Form 4473), and undergo a background check. The latter is usually done with a call to a special FBI office while you wait but sometimes there may be a wait of several days. Some states or municipalities may also have waiting periods.

 

Our advice: Before you go shopping, check out Form 4473 to be sure you can legally buy a gun. (Felons, illegal aliens, drug users, wife beaters, the mentally ill, and those dishonorably discharged from the military, among others, need not apply.) Assuming you legally obtain a gun, take your state’s hunter safety course and/or the concealed carry class. Become familiar with local laws so you know where you can carry it and where you can use it. It may be unlawful to discharge a weapon in many municipalities.

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Protect Your Weapons with a Rugged Hard-Shell Case

We have sold the Voodoo Tactical padded weapons cases for years, and these are quite popular with customers who need a case to carry their weapons to the range or in the field. Voodoo Tactical makes a wide range of sizes and offers soft cases designed for shotguns, subguns, carbines, hunting rifles, and even large .50 caliber sniper rifles. Their cases come in a wide range of colors and styles, including lockable cases that allow customers in states like California to meet the legal requirements of transporting their weapons in a locked case.

 

Quick Fire double pistol case

Quick Fire double pistol case

As good as the Voodoo Tactical padded weapons cases are, however, they do not meet the standards for checking weapons on an airline. In general, airlines require that the weapons be in a lockable, hard case. When you consider that a weapon checked on an airline will be out of your sight and out of your control for hours, having a tough, solidly built, lockable case is a darn good idea. Captain Dave’s has added a new line of hard shell firearm cases from Quick Fire Cases that we feel are top of the line.

 

Quick Fire offers a range of waterproof pistol cases, shotgun cases, and rifle cases, but one thing that truly sets them apart is the foam inside the case. This durable, mil-spec foam will protect your weapon from extreme handling and resists solvents so it won’t be degraded by gun oils. The foam inserts also come pre-cut to fit your specific weapon or, in the multi-fit pistol cases, to fit more than 50 different models of pistols, from compact to full size.  And because the foam inserts are molded to fit your weapon, you do not need to spend time manually configuring your case to your gun.

 

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