You've got several must-do tasks:
1. Obtain a gunsafe, carry case and trigger lock. While at the Gun Shop ask directions to the local Firing Range where the Rangemasters can teach you
all about legal, safe carry (and then the cool stuff like hitting what you shoot at and cleaning the damb thang).
2. Obtain a copy of your state's fish and game regulations at the local gun shop (what you can shoot and with what, when and where are STRICTLY
regulated). Those of us who grew up with bangsticks have this drilled into us from birth. The laws change from day to day, so DON'T assume your buddy
knows. Learn yourself. Pay particular attention to special deer seasons (if any) for shotguns, ammo restrictions including NUMBER OF SHELLS ALLOWED IN
THE MAGAZINE AFIELD, and get proper lisences and tags for the units you will be hunting in now, not later. You will probably need a hunter's safety
class graduation certificate to get your hunting lisence. I remember Mossbacks having a dowell-plug thingy to limit magazine capcity in the hunting
field which could be taken out for maximum capacity during civil arguments between humans.
3. Go to the Reference Section at the Library and copy out your State's Penal Code sections that refer to firearms, PARTICULARY HOW YOU ARE ALLOWED
TO CARRY THEM IN VEHICLES and on the street. There may be particular requirements/exemptions for shotguns. Remember: just showing the thing to a bad
guy is considered assault with a deadly weapon unless he intends you great bodily harm. If he's dumb enough not to run. Let alone firing a warning
shot. Or killing him. Much paperwork.
4. Measure your slug barrel and MAKE SURE IT IS >18" IN LENGTH to comply with Federal Firearms Laws regarding 'sawed off shotguns'.
5. Join the NRA, your State Firearms Association, subscribe to the Shotgun News, learn to reload, and take a Tactical Shotgun Course.
6. Join the local Rod and Gun Club. After all this is supposed to be about sporting FUN, isn't it? There you can first learn to Shoot and then to
Hunt- THEN you will be ready to go with your buddy into the woods (wear orange, I can't see so good anymore).
7. Finally, when you are bored, study everything you can about the US Marine Corps shotgun. You are on the path of enlightenment my Son.
8. AND LAST (really): be careful with that thing. Pick it up and open the bolt, feel in the magazine, make sure (MAKE SURE) it is empty, and NEVER
POINT IT AT ANYTHING YOU DO NOT WANT TO DIE even if it is 'empty'. Keep it away from kids and idiots.
I think they have a newfangled thing called SABOTS that are better than slugs for hunting and fighting. Saw a guy with a little scope on one once.
It takes all kinds
And when you are done, study Aikido and Bowhunting- bullets are something you can run out of and that can be legislated away from you.
Don't use WD40 on it. It hardens over time and the firing pin goes ------tik- instead of SNAP! Keep it clean and lubed with drislide and rustproofed
with Breakfree and don't get miffed when it gets all beat up and experienced looking so long as it still shoots straight. Study chokes for bird
That's all, carry on...
[edit on 22-3-2006 by Chakotay]