Before you purchase a firearm, educate yourself on gun safety. I have been a professional shooter for most of my adult life. Safe gun handling should be the first thing you learn. Why? So as not to injure anyone else or yourself. Sound logical? You would think. However, I encounter people quite often that have little awareness of gun safety. I have had people hand me loaded guns and tell me they are unloaded. I have had individuals fire guns down range while I was down range. I literally have scores of stories about unsafe actions that have taken place at the firing range. These are occurrences that need never happen. The NRA has great resources for gun safety study and training. There is no reason to be ignorant of gun safety, as it is a very easy topic to master — and rewarding.