reply to post by Bisman
Looks like I will be one of the few serious posters.
Here's what may help...
Ok you bought a gun. Great!
First things first...READ THE MANUAL THOROUGHLY! (Especially if you know nothing)
Next...learn how to make sure the gun is unloaded. Now double check.
After all that is said and done...start handling the gun. Make sure it's unloaded!
Get used to it. Get a feel for it. Cycle through the pump action a few times.
Don't pull the trigger because dry-firing is not good for guns.
Are you getting a feel for the gun? Good.
Now set it down.
Learn about how to clean it, the manual should describe a decent way to clean the gun.
I always tell people to clean their guns before shooting them to get used to the gun itself.
But for the most part, if it hasn't been fired, it should only need cleaned once ina while.
It should remain dry at all times, but lightly oiled.
You will learn that when you learn how to clean it.
Buy a good gun cleaning set. It will come in handy.
There is quite a process to cleaning that type of gun.
But it's not too hard. There are plenty of how-to's on you-tube.
Especially with the Remington 870.
If you accomplish all that and feel good about it...
Now it's time to shoot the thing. That's why you bought it right?
Get down to your local shooting range and either:
A. Ask for lessons or help with the range.
B. Bring an experience(competant) person with you.
No excuses, either. If you've never had a gun, you need assistance.
You don't just buy a gun expecting to become a marksman overnight.
And don't go shooting the weapon without someone around that can show you how.
As for the rules and regulation for owning a gun...
I recommend you read your state's Constitution.
Not only will you learn about your state's laws, you may also learn things about your state.
A CCW permit is for concealed weapons, mainly pistols.
Handling a shotgun is not typically considered concealing it.
Because it is large and not easily hidden.
One more thing...buy a case for it.
Hope this helps.