Find the perfect firearm for your load out bag!
Updated: Feb 13
Congratulations, you’re getting your first firearm and stepping into the world of shooting. However, like a lot of hobbies, this sort of thing is easy to get completely lost in. You have the firearm but what about ammo, gear, a lout out bag, and everything else that goes with it?
For this article, we will take you through some of the basics that even we struggled with when getting our first firearm. Some people might enjoy just diving headfirst into the world of shooting but here, we’ll give you a few helpful tips so you can step in a little more confidently.
Find a Good Place to Shoot
You would be surprised how many people get their firearm, load out bag, and sunglasses all ready to go but do not even think about where they’re going to shoot. Sure, heading to the range is a good idea, but not everyone is lucky enough to have one close by.
It is definitely a bad idea to be firing off shots in your backyard (depending on where you live) and, if you’ve never had a firearm before, you should at least fire it a few times to make sure you know how to use it.
Wide open areas with no buildings or people around are a fine place to test out your new firearm but, if you plan to head to the shooting range, American-made range bags are available to transport everything you need easily.
Find the Best Caliber For You
First-time firearm owners can sometimes scare themselves away from using it because they bought a caliber that makes it seem uncontrollable. If you do not have the best grip or that much confidence in firing, it is perfectly fine to reach for a lesser caliber.
.357 magnums or .45 ACP can definitely make a first-timer skittish about firing and unless you are all in on firing big caliber shots, starting out with a smaller caliber will allow you to be much more comfortable when moving up to a bigger one.
Should I Modify My Firearm?
This can be a tricky question because sometimes, modifying your firearm can make it much easier to use but others believe you should get used to the factory settings before making personal changes.
The big debate on this is, essentially, do you need to develop your own preferences in shooting before modifying a firearm or not? Both sides have a legitimate claim, but it is really up to the user to add extra parts to their firearm.
First off, modification is expensive, and dumping a ton of money into a first-time firearm is usually not a good idea. Personally, I would say get used to the factory settings of your first firearm before trying to mess with it.
However, people that have already fired their first-time firearm a few times might want to invest in a modification if they have the money. Sometimes, modifications can save a user’s experience with a firearm and if you plan on keeping that firearm for a long time, the modification could be well worth it.
The world of firearm ownership can be a complicated one with all sorts of people telling you different things. Disputes on parts, ammo, load out bags, and everything else surrounding firearms can be found in the community but that is no reason to shy away from it.
The community is a dedicated one that is always looking to invite new people in and teach them (perhaps a little too much) about the ins and outs of owning a firearm. I know many folks that have made great friends through firearm ownership and starting out ended up being a life-changing decision.
Of course, keep in mind finding the right caliber as well and make sure that you have a reliable place to practice so you can get the full experience.
Be sure to take in all the advice you can but, most importantly, find your own way to enjoy shooting. Eventually, you might just be one of those people that are spreading the word of the perfect load out bag to carry your gear in.