After attending the Tanner Gun show, we know you’ll be excited to try out your new firearm. However, one can never assume a gun is ready to shoot until it has been thoroughly checked out. While some new gun issues may not be present until the gun is fired, many issues could be resolved or avoid if they are identified before the trigger is pressed.
1. Verify the accessory set – It’s unusual for an incorrect component to be packaged with a new gun, but it can happen. More often parts to a new gun may be missing. It’s best to verify all the accessories at the gun show before you buy it and take it home.
2. Read the owner’s manual – While manuals are notorious for being boring, many important details and special quirks of your gun could be hiding in the book that you would want to know about.
3. Clear the bore of obstructions – Sometimes objects may fall into the chamber during manufacturing or shipping. It is important to do a check with a cleaning rod to ensure the bore is clear of obstructions.
4. Give it the once over inspection – It is important to really study your firearm to see if there are any cracks or abnormalities.
5. Strip, clean, and lubricate your new firearm – Factory-fresh guns often contain manufacturing residue, and used guns have powder residue, no lubrication, or are clogged with hardened lubricants. Cleaning your gun from top to bottom while allow you to become familiar, check for any abnormalities, and make sure it is safe to use.
6. Check twistable objects – Objects like the sights, grip screws, or add-ons often will loosen over time. The best way is to ensure you don’t lose these important parts of your gun on your first-day shooting is to tighten down anything that looks like it could move or fall off.
7. Double check ammunition compatibility – Many guns can handle many different types of ammunitions and many guns cannot handle any variety. A 9mm cartridge may fit one type of 9mm but not another. Be sure to double-check your ammunition to the owner’s manual.
8. Run a bench check – A bench check involves testing each of a gun’s controls and functions without ammunition. Once the gun is verified to be unloaded, go through the steps of operation including, engaging and disengaging the safety, cocking the hammer, dropping the magazine, and so on. If everything works well, then it’s time to head to the range.
If you would like to learn more about this list check out this article by americanrifleman.org.