You’ve gotten a new gun - whether it’s your first gun or your 50th gun - there are things you will want to get/do first with that new firearm.
I buy a holster to fit that gun.
Get range ammo, disassemble and clean, perform functional tests without ammo, dry fire, then live fire.
After several hundred rounds with no issues, test with variety of self-defense ammo.
Function check, then dump it in isopropyl alcohol (hmmm… impossible now), clean and lube.
Range next day. If all good then time for holster.
The detail clean as mentioned above. Then the search for magazines or speed loaders begins. In general I like at least 6 magazines. That being said the search for LAR Grizzly magazines has born no fruit and the ones that I found sold were going for $300+ each
Two extra mags, unless you buy your wife a Kimber then it’s three extra mags. Really? Who ships a gun with one mag. Strip and clean. Shoot and enjoy.
I shoot it a few times first, then if I like it, get extra mags. If not, it goes where the 84FS lives…
Here’s my answer in the number order.
- Case to carry/ store the gun (if it doesn’t come with one, I hate taking a cardboard box to the range)
- Holster (if applicable)
- Extra mags
Clean it, shoot it, and clean it again, looking for any wear etc.
All of the above sounds about right!
Anybody want to take bets on how long till @Craig6 decides to manufacture his own?
Assuming it is for EDC, this is generally what I consider doing before carrying (no particular order):
- Good cleaning to make sure manufacturer storage oil is cleaned off.
- New oil applied as needed.
- Function test of 200-400 rounds with both target and defensive ammo to determine reliability, diagnose early stage break-in or QC issues, and ensure POI vs POA with chosen loads… also test all of the magazines for issues.
- Pickup a quality holster for carry (meeting personal standards and requirements).
- Practice carrying firearm in holster and make adjustments as needed.
- Practice with snap caps drawing and firing from holster for muscle memory.
- Pickup spare magazines (personally, my minimum is 3, but prefer 5… although if magazines are compatible with other carry firearms that number can easily be higher).
@Gary_H There I was all bummed out about the mags costing so much and then you come along and put an idea in my head that I didn’t need !!!
modified sheet metal brake,
Spring, where to get the spring…
See what you did!!
I already have several holsters and I recently picked up a couple of MagPul spare magazines. I prefer MagPul to Glock factory.
Next is a Vortex Viper red dot.
with a new gun, I try to shoot 100-500 rounds through it depending on what it is. Pistol, usually 500. Then I find what ammo or load it likes best for both range and defense.
Then I buy a holster if I like it.
Most recent gun is the Ruger 57. I’ve shot it a bunch and like it. Defensive load is picked out. I am working up a range load now, and have a crossbreed IWB holster for it. I’m tossing around adding the Vortex Viper. This is the main pistol I’ll be carrying at church on the security team, and I can see the red dot being helpful. Pun intended.
Ammo and extra mags from the shop, holster if applicable (I usually buy one to have with me when I pick it up the new gun)
Field strip, clean and give a good lube job working lube into all moving parts for an even coating, wipe excess.
Picked up my Savage 308 on Wednesday, complete cleaning and oiling. Put the
bolt in and now it is time for the scope. I need a scope with a Tremor 3 reticle.
After much searching - I have found that any of the scopes I want start at about
$2000. May have to save some more before that purchase. Mike_T.
I’m waiting on the Vortex Viper. I think it is being shipped around the world based on the estimated delivery times.
Gary, that’s the dude that has shot 250,000 to 400,00 rounds…maybe Craig will manufacture and get another retirement!!!
I had to research, haven’t heard of it…looks trick! We have several Vortex optics.