Ready to get locked and loaded but don’t know where to start? Well, you are not alone. Sometimes the hardest step in starting something new is starting. Here at Canada’s Gun Store, we want to make that as easy as possible, by welcoming you with open arms to our great community. And in that spirit, we’re answering the three top questions on the mind of every new shooter.

Where do I even start?

This may be a big question on your mind, but the answer is actually the simplest of all, and will likely answer many of your other questions. If you are just getting interested in firearms and shooting sports in Canada, the best place to start is taking a certified Canadian Firearms Safety Course. Once you complete the course, you will have a strong understanding of firearm safety, as well as the ability to apply for your Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL) — which is the fundamental requirement for possessing and acquiring firearms and ammunition in Canada. If you are wondering about the time and money involved in completing a course, check out Part 1 of our series on How to Buy a Gun in Canada.

Where do I go to shoot?

Did you know that in Canada, there are about the same number of shooting ranges as there are McDonalds restaurants? With 1400 ranges spread out across the country, there is no shortage of places to go shooting. If you are located in any urban environment, one of these ranges is likely to be your best bet for a little practice and fun. One of the best things about the range (that you just won’t get from other shooting spots) is the chance to meet like-minded people. Other exciting options for shooting in Canada include rural private and Crown land — but always make sure you have permission and are familiar with the discharge bylaws of the area. 

Who do I talk to?

The community! The Canadian firearms community is estimated at three million strong. There are many online resources such as forums and Facebook groups where you can connect with others in the community and get insights and answers for any question. Your PAL course and the range are also great places to chat with enthusiasts.

We hope this helps make your first step into the firearms community that much easier. For a step-by-step rundown of how to become a firearm owner in Canada, be sure to check out our series on How to Buy a Gun in Canada series.

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