Basic Training Videos for New Gun Owners

A man in a flannel shirt holding a M1911 pistol at a shooting range

Basic firearms safety is paramount for both new and seasoned gun owners. (Photo: Chris Eger/

With so many new gun owners joining the ranks of Americans exercising their Second Amendment rights, there are several stepping up to help.

Last month saw record firearm sales based on the data from federal regulators. While inevitably many of those transactions were veteran gun owners fleshing out their collections, reports from coast to coast maintain that a large segment of those waiting in line and jumping through hoops are first-time gun buyers.

With that in mind, training for those new legions is important.

Above all, the four basic safety rules when handling guns should be remembered.

  1. Always point a firearm in a safe direction.
  2. Keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot.
  3.  Treat every gun as if it were loaded. Keep it unloaded until you’re ready to use it.
  4. Know your target and what’s around it, including beyond it.

The California Rifle & Pistol Association held a 30-minute free new gun owner webinar to highlight the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude essential for selecting, safely handling, storing and cleaning a firearm.

Moving past that in more detail, some of the biggest names in the gun culture community have made an effort in recent weeks to lend their expertise to help coach the latest members of the gun tribe.

We’ve already talked about efforts by Hickok45, Mr. Guns & Gear, The Military Arms Channel, Jeff Zumba, and John Lovell to bring the knowledge to the masses, but here are some more videos to peruse:

Eric with IV8888 holds class for an hour

For more bite-sized chunks, Kit Badger released a Firearms Basics program in several segments including gun safety rules, pistol nomenclature, rifle nomenclature, loading and unloading your handgun, loading and unloading your rifle, how to grip a pistol, how to hold a rifle, shooting stances, sight alignment, trigger control, dry fire, and safe storage.

The Fit’n Fire Channel is also doing a series on safety and basic firearms use.

As is John Correia with Active Self Protection.

Stay safe out there and always be a student!

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