For the new shooter, and seasoned alike, buying a new gun offers new excitement. For many, this new sport can inundate and overwhelm someone with information. Owners manuals come with the purchase of new guns. Someone who inherits a gun and is not furnished with the owners manual can go online to the manufacturer and request or download a manual, free of charge. Reading the owners manual is a common sense approach to responsible gun ownership. Combine the understanding of every aspect of handgun use and understanding the basic function of the machine is a great way to start.