Investing In Guns: A Beginner’s Guide

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These days, some people may believe that investing in guns is a waste of time and money. Nothing could be further from the truth.

This guide will serve as a short, go-to resource for investing in firearms if you know nothing about the subject.

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Investing in Guns: Should You or Should You Not?

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1. Why Do You Need a Gun?

Investing in guns is one of the wisest long-term decisions you can make. However, it’s true that you should only invest in guns if you know exactly what you're purchasing a firearm for and what type of firearm to buy. It’s all too easy to waste money on firearms, especially since many top pieces of equipment are quite pricy.

First off, do not just buy a gun because it looks cool… at least at first. While there’s something to be said for growing your firearm collection for the pure aesthetics of these tools, doing so should be reserved for those with lots of experience with guns.

In general, you’ll buy a firearm for one of two reasons: hunting or self-defense. You may also choose to use your firearm for general target shooting or competitions if you want to join a firearm enthusiast community.

Again, though, this will happen naturally as you spend more time around gun owners and learn the ropes of responsible gun ownership.

2. Types of Guns

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Firearms come in three major types (at least those you can purchase as a civilian): handguns/pistols, shotguns, and rifles.

Handguns are ideal self-defense weapons and also have a place in target shooting or hunting situations.

They come in the widest variety and are good choices for women, too, since they’re easy to handle and act as equalizers in violent confrontations.

Shotguns can also be useful for self-defense, as can rifles. But both of these tools are mostly used for target practice or for hunting.

Consider why you want a firearm, and you’ll choose a great weapon that represents a smart and cost-effective investment in the long term.

3. Buying a Gun – Always Go for Quality

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Speaking of cost, never purchase a weapon that is overly cheap.

It's always good to think of your firearms as true investments; that means you should be prepared to spend a good chunk of money on a quality firearm and spend lots of time keeping that firearm in tip-top condition.

Like any tool, a gun only works as well as you keep it and practice with it.

Take the time to research different weapons and always choose a gun that will last for a long time to come over something cheap and poorly manufactured.

American-made guns are particularly good for these reasons.

4. Practice, Practice, Practice

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Of course, your weapon is also only as good as you are handling it!

Any gun purchase demands an investment of time as well as money.

Spend time reading through this site or looking up other tutorials so you can learn how to use your firearm effectively and responsibly.

An investment as important as a firearm requires care and consideration.

The only good firearm owner is one who knows how to use his or her weapons correctly.

5. Know Your Local Laws!

Lastly, always be aware of the local laws for your state.

Different states in the US have different firearm regulations and restrictions.

For instance, you can open carry just about anything in Texas, but your open carry restrictions will be much tighter in a state like California.

Watch this video from TGS Outdoors for more info on how to invest in guns:

Use this knowledge so you don’t end up buying a firearm you can’t even use or, even worse, try to buy a firearm from a shifty dealer or seller.

Ultimately, be smart and safe when investing in guns, and you’ll join the ranks of the millions of responsible gun owners all across the United States.

Good hunting, and don’t hesitate to reach out with other questions about firearms; it’s what we’re here for!

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5 Responses to :
Investing In Guns: A Beginner’s Guide

  1. Richard P Klabechek says:

    I have a friend who inherited some guns from her grandmother. How do we find out thee value of these items, some appear to be fairly old. Thank you

    1. Greg says:

      Go to and compare prices or YouTube. Better yet buy Gun Digest?

  2. William Butler says:

    Thanks for the great photo of what not to do when examining a gun in a gun shop. I will use it in my training classes. Sure hope that customer doesn’t actually pull the trigger. I have video of the same scenario and a bloody hand and fingers being unexpectedly dispersed toward other customers standing at the counter downrange.

  3. Horace Busch says:

    Greatly helpful info from American Gun as well as the other commentators. Thank you all!!!

  4. Thomas says:

    Most of the increase in value is inflation in the 80s pay was about 200 a week now its about 1000, registered machineguns are about the only exception because of limited availability . Antique value is also real because of limited availability.

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