Patrick Kelley can always keep up entertained, whether he’s taking a brand new gun out to a match or he’s playing a song on some steel targets, we’re always glad when we see a new video from him. This time he tried something a little different. Channeling the process of a first time gun buyer going to a gun store and picking up a new self-defense gun, Patrick tried out the Kel-Tec P-3AT. Many uninitiated gun buyers go in to a gun store and purchase a new gun, but don’t necessarily know about cleaning and oiling a gun prior to shooting it. Though this is never a good idea as most guns come covered in packing grease, it is interesting to see how a gun performs straight out of the box without a proper cleaning. Check it out:
The Kel-Tec P-3AT performed perfectly, despite not being cleaned or having a fresh coat of oil. Of course, this is something you shouldn’t try at home. Many guns may not perform well with just the packing grease, and in some cases it may even damage your gun. Mr. Kelley used three different .380 ACP loads, Fiocchi FMJ .380 ACP, Lawman .380 Hollow Point, and Federal Hydra-Shok .380 ACP.
So what should you take away from this?
First time gun buyers haven’t had the experience most of us have had with firearms, and could use a helping hand. If you have friend, family member, or coworker that is looking into purchasing a gun for home or self-defense, offer to help them out. Take them out to a range, show them how to load, operate, and shoot the gun safely, and walk them through the process of buying their first firearm. Teach them how to strip, clean, and oil their gun before their first use. Lend some guidance on ammo to train with and the loads best for self-defense. Then, send them to your favorite gun blog (That’s us, right?) so they can stay informed and learn more. You have a wealth of firearm knowledge, put it to good use and bring a first time gun buyer into the fold!