5 Tips for New Handgun Owners

Texas is one of the states with the highest number of registered gun owners in America, according to Statista.com. If you’ve recently become a gun owner and your preferred firearm is a handgun, there are some things you’ll want to keep in mind. The firearms safety and training experts from LTC Austin, your premier choice for Austin LTC online training, offer these five handgun basics for beginners to help you get the most out of your experience as a handgun owner.

1. Develop a General Understanding of Ammo Options

Ammunition selection can be challenging for beginners. Even if your handgun is a fairly basic model, there are still several options to consider. Full metal jacket (FMJ) is usually the cheapest ammo. However, there are other types of ammo that have benefits worth considering. For instance, hollow points expand upon impacting their target making them the preferred ammunition choice for self-defense.

2. Be Mindful of Ammo Caliber

As for caliber, 9mm is what’s typically recommended and most popular for all shooters. This particular size offers a mild recoil and higher-capacity magazines. Plus, 9mm ammo is lighter and easier to control. This all makes practice and learning to shoot easier.

3. Get Comfortable with How Your Handgun Feels

Give yourself some time to get familiar with your specific type of handgun so you’re not surprised by how it feels when you handle and use it or when you feel the recoil. The main goal with the feel of your handgun is to be able to have a firm grip on your firearm so your hand and fingers remain steady. On a side note, if you go with a heavier gun, the recoil will be less.

4. Maintain Your Handgun

A handgun is only going to be an asset if it’s well maintained. Start by purchasing a holster that will allow you to safely carry your handgun without damaging it. Also, with handgun maintenance, it’s a good idea to know how to:

• Safely load and unload your handgun
• Safely dismantle your handgun for times when parts need to be checked, replaced, or cleaned
• Clean all components periodically

During cleaning, a handgun can be scrubbed with a toothbrush, if necessary. Maintaining your handgun also means storing it safely and securely to prevent accidental dropping and other things that could damage it or make it unsafe to use.

5. Practice

You’ll have to pass a proficiency test in person to obtain a license to carry (LTC) in Texas. But don’t limit your practice time just to what you need to do to complete this part of the licensing requirement. Besides, the more you practice, the better you’ll become with regard to accuracy and other aspects of handgun use. 

Whether you’re new to handgun ownership or you’ve owned handguns for years, safety should always be your top priority. If you’d like to learn more about gun safety, taking an Austin license to carry online class, or any other aspect of firearm ownership, reach out to the experts at LTC Austin today at 512-766-3039.