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Gun Store Etiquette: A Guide to look like you know what you’re doing in a gun store

A black snub nose revolver sitting on a holster

A Gun store is where you can come to purchase firearms and accessories, seek advice, and learn about responsible gun ownership. Like any other establishment, there are certain guidelines and expectations for visitors and customers. Here we will discuss the importance of gun store etiquette and how it fosters a safe and respectful environment for everyone involved.

1. Treat Every Firearm as if It's Loaded:

The first and most critical rule of gun store etiquette is to always treat every firearm as if it's loaded. Never point a gun at anyone, including you. If you’re new to firearms its easy to forget that you’re holding one so if you’re a “hand talker” it’s best to put the gun down while speaking to avoid waiving it around.

2. Ask for Help:

If you are unfamiliar with firearms or need help, don't hesitate to ask for assistance from the store staff. They are there to provide guidance, answer questions, and ensure a safe experience for everyone.

3. Follow Safety Rules:

Every gun store will have its own set of safety rules and guidelines. Take the time to familiarize yourself with these rules and follow them diligently while inside the store. Again- if you’re not sure, ASK.

4. Respect Personal Space:

Give other customers and staff members personal space when they are handling firearms. Avoid crowding or standing too close to others who may be examining guns or discussing purchases.

5. Read the Room:

Not all gun stores have the same attitudes. Gun stores are serious places dealing with potentially lethal items. Avoid any horseplay or joking around, as it can lead to dangerous situations and disrupt the store's atmosphere.

6. Keep Personal Firearms Holstered or Unloaded:

Oh, this is an important one- Unless you have explicit permission from the staff; do not handle personal firearms without permission. If you're carrying a firearm, keep it holstered or safely secured. A concealed carry is just that- Concealed. If you have a specific question about the firearm your carrying, don’t just whip it out. You will be asked to go outside and make it safe before coming back in.

7. Ask Before Taking Photos:

Many gun stores have restrictions on photography inside the store. If you want to take pictures, ask for permission first.

8. Control Your Children:

If you have children with you, ensure they understand the seriousness of being in a gun store. Keep them under close supervision and prevent them from touching any firearms.

9. Respect Local Laws:

Observe and follow all local, state, and federal laws related to firearms, including age restrictions, permits, and background checks. If your in a state that you don't reside in, don't ask for items that are restricted- know your state laws.

10. Listen to and Follow Instructions:

If the store staff gives you any instructions or guidelines, listen carefully and follow them. After all- we are IN the business and spent a lifetime learning about it.

And now some very important Gun Store Don'ts!

  • DON'T Spin the cylinder in a revolver

  • DON'T Dry fire a gun without asking

  • DON'T Disassemble a gun

  • DON'T Open boxes of bullets- they all look like bullets

  • DON'T Come to a gun store intoxicated or smelling like weed

  • DON'T Force the gun to operate

  • DON'T Talk about doing anything illegal

How about some Gun Store Do's

  • Give your budget on how much you're looking to spend

  • Be open minded

  • Be specific on what you're looking for, if not ask- We're here to help

  • Know what gun you have when asking for accessories

  • Tell us that you are a new gun owner. there's nothing wrong with being a newbie

2 H7 K VP9 pistols artistically set on top of themselves.

Practicing gun store etiquette is not only a matter of good manners but also a crucial aspect of ensuring safety for yourself and others. By respecting safety rules, treating firearms responsibly, and being considerate of fellow customers and staff, you contribute to a positive and secure environment. Remember, responsible gun ownership begins with responsible behavior in all aspects of firearms handling, including your interactions in the gun store.

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