This may sound rather obvious, but a good cleaning kit, like this one from Otis:
I love my Otis kit.
So..... When I do purchase my gun, what else am I going to need?
I know I'm going to need those paper targets when I go to the range to shoot to become familiar with the gun, and a cleaning kit thingy.
Eventually I'm going to want to carry it, but that's not going to be for awhile. I'm not carrying a gun until I'm very comfortable and familiar with it. So I'm not going to need a holster for awhile.
Any help would be appreciated.
what kind of weapon did you have in mind, since its in the S&W section I like it.
A safe, cleaning supplies, gun oil, eye protection, ear protection, self defense ammo, practice ammo, extra mags if it's a semi auto, and maybe a range bag.
Last but not least a good eye and a steady hand
What about a safe? I feel that that is important.
Also what is a range bag and what goes in said bag?
A range bag holds all the equipment you need at the range. Mine holds my two hanguns, ammo, extra clips and speedloaders, cleaning supplies, hearing and eye protection, shooting gloves, and even two canteens.
You should carry what YOU feel necessary.
And if your eyesight is anything like mine, maybe a pair of binoculars or scope to see where your bullet actually hit on the target!