There are many gun enthusiasts out there and different people have different reasons for owning a gun. Some people just enjoy shooting recreationally while others are committed to personal safety or defending the safety of their families. For law enforcement or military personnel, gun ownership represents an essential civic duty.
Whatever your reasons for owning guns, or even thinking about owning guns, there are plenty of good reasons to get to know your local gun shop instead of shopping for firearms online:
- First-hand knowledge of staff: Chances are, the person behind the counter at the gun shop has an extensive amount of experience shooting and handling a variety of guns. They can be a wealth of knowledge for you, particularly if you are less familiar with firearms. Many gun shops have one or more certified gunsmiths on staff as well, available to repair or perform maintenance on your guns.
- Better for your local economy: Buying from your local gun shop supports not only the owners and staff of that shop, but the entire local economy. It keeps your dollars in your community.
- Can get everything you need in one place: From the right ammunition to any accessories you might need, you can conveniently buy it all in one place, quickly and easily. You also don’t have to wait for it to ship to your home. Quality used guns may also be a great choice for new gun owners.
- Access to a shooting range: It is a great idea to try out a gun before you buy it.
While visiting a gun shop is usually your best option, there may be reasons to shop online, especially if you are looking for a vintage firearm or other specialized weapon. Of course, a gun shop may have connections that will help you track down those firearms as well, so it never hurts to check there first.