Since there has been a lot of excellent safety advice already given, I’m gonna aim mine at those who are new owners who plan to carry, which is what I’m hearing about mostly in my area.
After mastering the safety rules and properly familiarizing themselves with their chosen firearm, obviously it is time to find a reputable instructor and learn the fundamentals of shooting. New gun owners who plan to carry need to not only learn the safety rules and functions of their firearm, but also ammunition and why which ammo and when. They need to reach out and learn what equipment is needed and what best suits them and their firearm for their intended carry mode. I firmly believe the firearm world is a “get what you pay for” world, especially when it comes to holsters. I live in a constitutional carry state and I would have it no other way, but some of the setups I’ve seen have been down right frightening.
I also believe it is of the upmost importance a new carrier learns the proper draw and holster techniques. As much as I love watching youtube videos, there are so many bad habits and techniques by the people making these videos when it comes to drawing, and especially reholstering. I love watching these videos and I’m subscribed to several channels, but the way some of them slam guns back into his holster (Usually palming it) makes me cringe every time. I guess it looks cool, but it’s extremely dangerous. With that being said, there are so many good instructors who put free stuff on the internet! In these times of lockdowns and shelter in place, it’s an excellent substitute. I guess it’s a pet peeve of mine, but I can’t emphasize learning to draw and reholster enough. In my experience instructing, I’ve learned this aspect of firearms training for the average gun owner and CCW holder is highly neglected, but it is an integral part of carrying a firearm daily. There have been way too many accidents due to poor technique and sadly too many examples of people getting hurt because they could not “get on their gun.” For the sake of the length of this post I’ll skip one handed drawing and shooting, but I think this is something we all need to continue to train on, especially those new to carrying.