Living With Your First Rifle
While you might have gone hunting as a kid, purchasing your very own rifle is something you might have planned for some time. Once you've got the rifle though, you'll need to address the following tasks to be confident you're using and caring for the firearm in a skilled and responsible way:
1. Investigate Gun Safes
Right after securing your hunting rifle, you should know where you plan to keep it. Putting it in the corner of the garage or on a shelf in a hall closet shouldn't be where your thoughts go, especially if you've got children inside the house. Gun safes offer your family the ability to keep the rifle on the premises without having to worry that someone will get to it without your permission.
Primarily, gun safes will include considerations regarding size and type of lock. If you're building a gun collection, you might invest in a large bureau-sized safe, for example. Consider digital combination locks; these locks permit password changes without much trouble and will let you get into the safe easily when you need to.
2. Build Rifle Skills
If you did some hunting as a child, you might have never been taught proper handling of a rifle. Even if you were, your knowledge could be rusty. Using a firearm without proper training or skill can be unsafe for those around you and can cause you to miss targets, which defeats the purpose of even owning a hunting weapon. If your state doesn't require you to get a certain amount of training hours in, take it upon yourself to visit gun ranges that are local to you for adequate training about how to handle the rifle.
Shooting practice is also done at area ranges. Rather than using conventional targets, you may consider metal ones so you can both see and hear when you've hit them.
3. Secure Accessories
Accessories can not only make you more comfortable using your rifle but can enhance the skills you've honed. Gloves, grips and similar accessories provide additional comfort, while accessories like red dot sights actually help you better focus on whatever targets you have. You might find you overspend a bit on accessories when first starting out; try to stick to some kind of monthly budget and choose pieces based on the type of hunting you do most.
These directives make you better at handling your rifle and keeping it safe. Gun safe retailers, range staff, and others can answer any questions