10 Additional Essentials for New Handgun Buyers

A handgun purchase is a good thing if you’re committed to being a responsible new gun owner and user in Texas. It’s also a perfect excuse to go shopping to find some of the other essentials you may need. Below, we give you a better idea of what to add to your list.

1. Holster

A holster is definitely essential if you plan to carry your gun in Texas. Under certain circumstances, the state also requires handgun owners to place their firearms in properly secured holsters. There are several options to consider with a holster. While inside-the-waistband (IWB) holsters are popular, you’ll ultimately benefit most from what’s best for your preferences and needs. Either way, make sure the holster is designed for your handgun, holds it securely in place, and that you receive training on hot to properly use it.

2. Ammo

The right ammunition for your new handgun depends on the kind of gun you have. How you’ll be primarily using your handgun should be considered as well. For Texans, and for those in many other states, ammunition can be ordered online and delivered to your house. Many big box outdoor stores sell ammunition as well. Refer to your firearm’s owner’s manual to determine what type of ammo to buy.

3. Gun Safe

The purpose of a gun safe is, naturally, to safely secure your handgun at home. Look for a safe that’s proper for the space you have available. You may also prefer one with added security features, like smartphone or app-based settings.

4. Cleaning Kit

Every handgun and firearm will need to be cleaned at some point during the time you own it. With a cleaning kit specifically designed for a handgun’s caliber, you’ll have everything handy to do routine and annual cleanings.

5. Storage Case

A storage case allows you to properly secure your new handgun in your car or truck. This is especially good to have when taking your firearm to the shooting range. Most ranges don’t allow you to walk into the facility without the firearm secured in a case or bag.

6. Extra Magazines (or a Speed Loader)

If you have a semi-automatic handgun, you’ll definitely want some extra magazines. This is also true if you’ll be participating in local competitions or training regularly. If you purchased a revolver, you can get a speed loader for it.

7. Safety Gear

Safety gear for handgun use typically includes eye and ear protection. This will be mandatory for practicing with your handgun at the shooting range.

8. Firearms Training

It’s every firearm owner’s duty to be a responsible gun owner. Look for a reputable firearms trainer in your area and start taking classes to become as safe and proficient as possible with your guns.

9. An Online Course to Get Your LTC

You don’t necessarily need to get a license to carry in Texas anymore, since this is a constitutional carry state. However, the Texas LTC adds many legal protections and benefits when carrying a gun, and it’s recommended for anyone who is serious about firearm ownership. It’s also a good way to brush up on gun safety basics and Texas gun laws. What’s more, you can conveniently sign up for an LTC class online.

10. Time (for Training and/or Practice)

Once you get your new handgun, you’ll need to practice. Make time for regular training and/or practicing. If you have the space, you may be able to do this for no cost on your property. Otherwise, you can purchase time at local shooting facilities.

If you need to complete the course to get your LTC, make sure to choose a premier training provider. Online Texas LTC is committed to offering the best firearms training possible. When they need information on firearms safety or they want to take a Texas CHL class, gun owners trust the expertise of the pros from Online Texas LTC. If you have questions about any aspect of gun ownership in Texas, give us a call today at 512-675-2206.