8 Essential Accessories For Your New Gun

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If you are new to shooting and don’t know the essential accessories for your new gun, you’re not alone.  2020 has seen a huge spike in gun purchases, with a good majority of them being new gun owns exercising their Second Amendment rights.
 
As a new gun owner, I welcome you.  You have made a good choice to protect yourself and your family.
 
Check out these past articles for some additional information.
 
Let’s get into it.  Here are 8 items you should also have so you can use your new gun safely and effectively.
Hearing Protection
Hearing protection is key.  Firearms arms produce an impulsive or impact noise, OSHA recommends avoiding exposure to these types of sound above 140 dB.  Rifles and pistols generally produce noise levels between 150 to 165 dB measured from the shooter’s location (arm’s length).  This is well above the recommended exposure levels, so it is HIGHLY suggested and mandatory at all ranges to where protection.
 
Here are two really good options which can be used separately or together to give you a bit of extra protection.  This over the ear set is great because it has microphones that are on most of the time so you can hear what is going on around you.  However, when there is impulse noise, like a gunshot, they turn off and protect your ears.
Eye Protection
You never know what will happen, I mean guns create mini controlled explosions in your hands.  There are also partials of gunpowder, copper, and lead in the air just searching for your eyes.  Eye protection is again highly recommended and mandatory at most ranges.  Nothing to fancy here, but there are clear, shaded, and colored lenses to choose from. 
 
You will want to make sure your safety glasses are clean and don’t have any scratches on them.  Scratches mess with your aim…
 
Most ranges have these to rent or borrow, but you will REALLY want your own set.  Here is a decent set to start with as an accessory for your new gun.
Targets
You will need something to shoot at, it’s really not that fun to shoot at the air.  There are all kinds of targets, most ranges can provide you with some (at an extra cost).  There are standard paper targets, person-shaped targets, training targets, exploding targets, and reactive targets.  Literally 100’s or maybe thousands of target configurations.  My favorite is the Shoot N-C reactive targets, when you hit the target the color changes so you can get a better look at where your bullet hit.
 
Birchwood Casey – SHOOT-N-C
Range Bag
I like to be organized at the range and before while getting ready to go.  You could throw everything in a gym bag but that is just leaving the door open to forgetting something or losing things while at the range.  Range bags generally have a place for all the specialized stuff you will need. 
 
I like this one from Grey Ghost Gear in black, super durable made with heavy-duty Cordura nylon, lots of pockets, and loops for all my stuff.  There is even a work surface that folds open if I need to take the guns apart.  It also does not scream range bag to anyone walking by, you know for security reasons.
Cleaning Kit
After you shoot your gun, you should clean it.  It is not mandatory, but to keep your firearm in perfect working order you should clean and lubricate it.  I suggest learning how to take your gun apart so you can do this.
 
One of the best cleaning products for everyday cleaning is Breakthrough Clean.  All their products are simple, right to the point, and work very well.  Here is a simple kit for pistols, but they have many different kits to cover most firearms and all the other cleaning products you may need.
Gun Sock
These don’t generally make it onto anyone’s list, but they are really worth the money.  Where are your guns most of the time?  In storage!  Lots of bad things can happen to guns in storage, one of them is rust.  These gun socks keep the rust away, even in humid environments.
 
I have some civil war era rifles in a not so great environment, but so far no rust and not scratches. 
 
 
These are just nice to keep your pistols and rifles organized.  There are hundreds of nice cases to choose from.
Training
When you buy a new gun, it is important to get training to safely handle and use the firearm. I always say it is a good idea to get some training even before you buy a gun, then get even more after. Training should be an ongoing effort.
 
Beyond “one on one” training with an instructor, the best way to get good is to shoot a lot. However, this gets very expensive (especially with the price of ammo now), so dry-firing exercises at home are great. Dry-firing is going through the motions to fire your weapon but there is no round in the chamber, or maybe a laser training bullet.
 
By going through the motions you gain muscle memory from repeating the actions over and over again. To get the most out of your training time, I suggest the Mantis X3. This is a little device that attaches to your gun then connects to your phone and tells you what you are doing right and what you are doing wrong with each shot.
 
Each shot is logged and you get a score. It is fun to watch the score increase over time, and it feels great to see your confidence with the firearm increase as well.
Safe Storage
The last of the accessories for your new gun you will need is to keep your firearms safe. There are again lots of ways to do this, at the very minimum you should have received a gun lock with your new gun, it’s the law. However, you may want something a bit better like an actual safe to put your gun into.
 
These come in multiple sizes from 1 gun to hundreds. Since this is likely your first you will most probably only need room for one gun. I happen to like keeping my gun secure and have quick access to it if I need it. This one from Gunvault is big enough for one gun and has a quick access code, it can be put on a shelf or under your bed.
Extra Credit – Gun Multi-Tool
One last accessory I think you might find cool. This special multi-tool is specifically designed for firearms maintenance. Perfect for use on the range, it has tools for sights, lasers, and triggers. The Wharncliffe blade adds to the usefulness, and it even has a bottle opener for after the range.
You are all set for your next trip to the range! Make it safe and enjoyable and don’t forget to invite a friend.
What accessories for your new gun would you suggest?
NOTICE – Please ensure your firearm is clear and unloaded while cleaning and maintaining, as well as, while training with it outside of a shooting range.

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