The American Firearms Guide to Gun Basics

Basic firearm education is a must for all new shooters. We created this guide to provide a comprehensive source of our best resources for beginners.

Table of Contents

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SECTION 1

Intro

When in doubt, start here. These are the most important fundamentals in the entire guide, so at a minimum please review the Safety Rules and how to tackle Children & Gun Safety.

SECTION 2

Shooting Fundamentals

We cover the fundamentals of using a firearm — safe handling, stances, proper grip, trigger pull, and all the bits and pieces that ensure you have a basic idea of how to handle a gun.

SECTION 3

Maintenance

A gun that’s uncared for will not treat you kindly when you need it most. Learn the basics of gun maintenance and you’ll have a skill for life. 

SECTION 4

Ammo

Without ammo your gun is little more than an expensive paper weight. But which ammo should you buy and where? We cover the basics of ammunition selection.

SECTION 5

Skill Development

What happens when you’ve got the basics down? Take those skills to the next level — and the best way to ensure you’re learning the right things is to learn them from the right people.

SECTION 6

Concealed Carry

Carrying concealed is a massive topic, but what’s important to those just getting started? We cover the most important bits.

SECTION 7

Reloading

Be it saving money, adding a layer of precision and control to your brass, or just having your ammo crafted by your own hand, reloading is a fun pastime that requires specific skills and gear.

SECTION 8

Basic Gear

Everything but the guns. We highlight the products you’ll need to make the msot of your time at the range.

SECTION 9

Recommended Firearms

There are a LOT of guns out there, so it makes sense to focus on the basic fiream varities that will get you started on the right foot. We highlight some of our favorites. 

SECTION 10

History & Gun Geekery

After you’ve leveled up your gun expertise it can make sense to look back at the history, current data, and evolution of firearms over time.