I'll be very careful, as I am with our guns. Thanks for the insights.
I have little (read: none) experience with guns but I have the sneaking suspicion that it is two very different things. A gun has a 'dangerous end' and a 'safe end'. A live blade has two ends that you need to handle at the same time - for example while doing Nōtō. and it while have almost a will of it's own.
I would NEVER recommend ANYBODY to buy a live blade without extensive training under a competent instructor.