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.

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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.

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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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6 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. Bingo Fuel says:

    Good post BUT I fee it could have a bit information…
    No mention of a quality air rifle say with a A MINIMUM velocity of 1200 FPS preferably higher and proper pellet designed for penetration for hunting or expansion or a .22 LR handgun or rifle…..These can be used for training and safety familiarization, trigger squeeze, control,Proper grip an stance, Plinking, small game hunting, used to venomous snakes. While NOT recommenced for self defense, properly well placed shots with a .22 LR can be used for self defense

    There is little to none felt recoil and training with such weapons helps or stops the development of bad habits such as flinching… Being trained/taught the basics of actual shooting from the start tends to make better an more accurate shooters in the long run.

    When it comes to shotguns there are some men that probably cannot handle the recoil from the 12 Gauge with Magnum loads in pump shotguns. There are semi-auto shotguns that reduce the felt/perceived recoil.
    Other wise the 20 Gauge will definitely work for anyone.

    No matter the firearm the weapon MUST FEEL GOOD AND FIT THE HAND OR in the case of long guns MUST FIT the person going to own it.. Such as….not be too long or too short and equally feel good and comfortable when shouldered.

    When it comes to handguns…. what use do you plan to use it or carry it? This will help one to decide on what selection to make a decision. Just make sure it feels good in your hand before you buy it.
    IF it does not fit your hand then one will NEVER enjoy shooting it or practice with it. Also accuracy will suffer.

    When i comes to investing in any firearm…do your research.

    Military surplus can be a place to look. Example YEARS ago I got a ChiCom SKS in Unissed Condition. came with cleaning kit/sling/spike bayonet and oiler (a small bottle to carry oil) for $100.00 USD. Packed with the Chinese version of cosmoline. Beautiful rifle….My plan was to use it as a “Wall Hanger”.

    I have seen the same rifle with the all same such goodies go for $500.00 USD. Currently ones in
    BAD Condition and incomplete and cracks in the stock going for over $350.00 USD.

    At the same time there were M1 Garands going for $225.00 standard Grade and $250.00 Hand Select Grade…. Unfortunately I did no buy any nor did I buy more SKS rifles.

    There were other good deals such as the Italian version of the M-14/ M-1A were oing for around $350.00 USD or there abouts. There were various Mauser bolt action rifles and Italian Corcanos Russian Mosin-Nagants were around $40.00 USD.

    There were various military or police handguns and long guns that I cannot recall any of the prices or models.

    There are numerous and various US weapons to collect and categories of them to select from and decide upon….for starters Pre-1964 Winchester Rifles and Colt Python Revolvers come to mind.
    One can look for collection firearms on to get an idea of various collector firearms or regular firearms prices. There are many more sites out there for one to find….Use a good search engine and I don’t mean google.

  5. 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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