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If you are interested in firearms, whether to use as a method of self-defense or as a piece of sporting equipment, you will need to find a good gun store. Our team at ProShots has been working in this business for many years, and we understand that visiting a gun store for the first time is often an intimidating prospect. To help make it less intimidating, we have put together this article to give you a few pointers on what to do while you’re there in order to get the best experience.

Tips for Visiting a Gun Store for the First Time

  • Do Your Research- Before visiting a gun store for the first time, it’s a good idea to do a little research on it. Read the store’s online reviews to get a sense of how satisfied its customers tend to be with their experience. In addition, it’s a good idea to ask your gun-owning friends for recommendations on where to go, and on which places to avoid due to rude or unsafe customers.
  • Don’t Take (or Offer) Unsolicited Advice- In general, it’s considered poor etiquette for patrons of a gun store to offer unsolicited advice to other patrons–after all, you never know how much firearms experience someone has, and you could be explaining basic stuff to someone who’s been shooting for years. On the flip side, it’s highly inadvisable to take unsolicited advice from patrons, either–instead, ask one of the store’s staff members any questions you have, or ask for recommendations. A trained professional will be able to identify your needs and tailor their recommendations better than some random guy.
  • Don’t Joke About Breaking the Law- As long-time gun store workers, our team has heard many jokes about things that customers know are against the law, and we are here to tell you that they are not funny. We take our jobs seriously and abide by all federal, state, and local regulations. If you want to make a good first impression, don’t crack any jokes about these topics.