If you are a brand new owner of a firearm, you may wonder what you need to do to protect your investment. Like any other significant purchase, a gun requires some TLC to work at peak performance beyond its purchase date. While this may require some extra cash upfront, these essential firearm accessories will help you keep your gun in prime condition.
Essential Firearm Accessories: Storage
The first thing you need to think about whenever you buy a new gun is where you will put it once you bring it home. Secure yet accessible storage is imperative for new firearm owners. Trust us; you don't want to leave your rifle or handgun lying around the house. Intruders or children can get ahold of your weapon and quickly cause harm. Here are a few storage items to consider:
- Concealment furniture: Concealment furniture is a great way to discretely and securely store your firearms. Concealment furniture pieces can vary from wall decorations to tables and coat racks. They are more inconspicuous than a gun safe and are more secure than leaving your firearm in your drawers, closets or other usual storage areas. They also allow for quick access in case of an emergency.
- Muzzle lock: A muzzle lock will help keep your firearm inoperable while you are not using it, adding an extra layer of protection.
- Travel case: A travel case to transport your firearm from your home to the range, hunting property, gun shop, etc. is crucial to keep it safe, secure and, in some states, in compliance with firearm transportation laws.
- Ammunition cans: If you plan to visit the range regularly, it's good to have sturdy storage and transportation for your ammo. Ammo cans are also great for protecting bullets from the elements.
Essential Firearm Accessories: Cleaning Supplies
After a day on the range or out hunting, you will need supplies to clean your gun and ensure peak performance. Talk with your firearm dealer or an experienced gun owner to learn how to maintain your firearm safely. Having an expert hand guide you through the process can prevent damaging your weapon or causing a misfire.
Here are some of the tools and supplies you will want to have on hand after purchasing your firearm:
- Cleaning cloths, cotton patches and a barrel cleaning brush: These are the instruments you will use to remove debris from the inside and outside of your gun. Some cleaning cloths and brushes are reusable, but you will need fresh cotton patches or other one-use items to avoid leaving debris in your firearm.
- A cleaning mat and small organizers or containers: Whenever you clean your firearm, you will need to disassemble it, to some degree, to clean all of the necessary spaces. A mat will keep your parts from scratching against the table or countertop where you are cleaning it. It will also keep parts from rolling or sliding. Small storage containers can also prevent the loss of loose parts while the gun is disassembled.
- Cleaning solvent and gun oil: Cleaning solvent and gun oil are essential to keeping your firearm in pristine condition. The cleaning solvent helps to remove any residue in the barrel or other parts of the gun. After the weapon is clean, the oil helps lubricate the gun's parts and prevent rusting to its surface.
Essential Firearm Accessories: For Concealment
If you plan to concealed carry, you will need to add a few items to your new gun owner checklist to keep your weapon secure and out of sight.
- Concealed carry holster: A concealed carry holster is necessary for anyone who plans to have their firearm on them at all times. These holsters sit close to the carrier's body to keep them from the view of others.
- Concealed carry car holster: If you drive through a state that honors your concealed carry license, you may want to consider having a holster that will fit in your car that is easily accessible in case of any dangerous situations.
Essential Gun Accessories: Shooting and Training
Even if you buy a firearm strictly for defense, you will need to fire it at a range occasionally to make sure it operates correctly. If you buy a gun for recreation or hunting, you will shoot it more often than that. Having the right gear for your visits to the range is crucial to success when you need to use your new weapon.
- Hearing protection: Firearms are loud and can damage your hearing if your ears aren't protected. Over-ear or in-ear sound reduction can negate hearing loss from repeated use of your firearm.
- Laser sighting: A laser sight for your weapon can help your aim at the range or in a life-or-death self-defense situation. Having a laser zeroed in can help keep your aim steady and ready to go.
- Dry-fire caps: Whenever you are away from the range, or practice defensive maneuvers at home, dry-fire training is an excellent way to stay on top of your firing and weapon drawing motion. While you can dry-fire most modern guns without any issues, snap caps or dummy rounds help prevent any damage to your gun's firing pin.
Are you looking for a great place to store your brand new firearm? Check out Liberty Home Concealment's products to find an excellent piece of concealment furniture to discreetly and securely store your gun. Have a question about concealment furniture? Send us a contact form to get in touch.