You might have just purchased a used gun, and now you might be ready to take it to the shooting range so that you can try it out. Before you do that, however, you'll want to follow these three steps. Then, you'll soon be able to enjoy your used gun in a safe and legal manner.
1. Have it Checked Out By a Gunsmith
If you bought your gun from a reputable used gun dealer, then you should not have to worry about it not being in good shape. If you bought from an individual, or if you aren't completely sure about the condition of the gun, you should take it to a gunsmith to have it checked out.
The gunsmith can both make sure that the gun is safe to use and that it's in good condition. They can also make any necessary repairs to it before you take it out to shoot it.
2. Make Sure You Have the Right Documentation
When you purchase a gun -- whether it's new or used -- from a dealer, then the dealer will typically walk you through the process of buying the gun. They will write up the paperwork, run any necessary background checks, and help you make sure that you have any permits that you are required to have.
If you buy a used gun from an individual, though, you might not get advice or help with all of these things. Before you use the gun -- or even before you put it away for safekeeping -- you should make sure that you have all of the necessary documentation and permits. A gun dealer or someone from your local law enforcement office should be able to provide you with insight about what you need to do so that you can own and use the used gun legally.
3. Buy the Ammunition
Your gun may or may not have been sold with ammunition. If it didn't come with ammunition, then you're obviously going to need to purchase it before you can put your gun to use. You should be able to purchase ammunition at a local gun shop or a sporting goods shop that sells gun-related accessories.
When purchasing ammunition, you will need to know about the type of gun that you have so that you can purchase the type that will work with it, so make sure that you write this information down beforehand. For more information, contact a store such as Whittier Loan & Jewelry.