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The 3 Main Types of Guns You Should Know

The 3 Main Types of Guns You Should Know

There are so many types of guns, so many uses and so many variations. If you’re a pro you probably don’t get lost in all of that, but if you’re a beginner you most certainly do.

If you’re now starting to gather information about the vast world of guns this is the guide for you. A simple, short, go-to explanation on the three main types of guns: pistol/handgun, rifle and shotgun.

Pistol/Handgun

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We will use pistol and handgun as synonyms. The main characteristics of the handgun are the following:

It is fired from one hand.

The length of the barrel is under 16 inches.

It has no support from the shoulder.

It basically consists of a chamber, a bore, a barrel, a slide, a frame and a grip. Some of the most known subsets of handguns include the single shot, the multi barrel and the semiautomatic pistols.

Rifle

These are the top 5 characteristics of the rifle:

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It is braced against the shoulder.

It is fired with both hands.

Each pull of the trigger fires only one bullet.

The length of the barrel is over 16 inches.

The barrel has a rifling to help stabilize the projectile.

The rifles are commonly divided in two sets: the semiautomatic and the bolt action.

Shotgun

You may know the shotgun from movies or TV as the gun that fires bullets with lots of pellets that spread out. The shotgun is designed to fire various types of ammunition.

Here’s what you should know about shotguns:

It is fired with both hands.

It is braced against the shoulder.

Each pull of the trigger fires once.

It has a smooth barrel.

The length of the barrel is over 18 inches.

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Like the rifle, we typically divide the shotguns in two subcategories: the semiautomatic and the pump action.

Pump action shotguns require the shooter to move the pump handle in order to chamber or remove shells, a scene that, yet again, you have probably seen in the movies. On the other hand, semiautomatics don’t require you to physically move the shells, using recoil or gas instead. There you go. This should give you the foundations for you to continue to grow your gun knowledge.

4 Gun Myths from the Movies Busted

4 Gun Myths from the Movies Busted

As we were growing up, we all watched movies where guns were one of the main elements of the action-packed scenes.

Of course, as in everything Hollywood produces, the entertainment factor is the money bag and so the handling of guns is also very fantasized.

To keep the scenes as epic as possible, sometimes the movies show impressive displays of firing where the gun is being completely mishandled. Often what happens in these scenes would be completely impossible in real life.

Here are 4 of the main gun myths from movies and TV.

The machine guns

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You have definitely seen some huge actor picking up a machine gun and handling it in auto mode. Sometimes, they even handle it with one sole hand and, of course, since we’re talking about Hollywood, they always hit the moving targets with total ease. Well, the thing is: it is absolutely impossible to do it that way.

The never-ending bullets

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This has to be the one myth everyone has laughed about. Everyone gets that it’s totally not how it works, even if they have never known anything about a gun. In movies, the action stars keep battling out on intense hour-long fights without ever having to reload the gun.

The absolute silence of a silencer

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The device attached to the gun in order to lessen the noise when shooting will do just that, reduce the noise, not eliminate it completely. However, in movies, when a gun with a silencer is fired you hear absolutely nothing like you’re in the bottom of the ocean.

Even more made up are the times where they fire a shotgun with a silencer and there’s still no noise.

Cutting ropes

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You can see this in many western movies. A man is about to be hung unfairly when a cowboy shoots the innocent hangman’s rope to save him from being killed. This is in itself virtually impossible. Now, think about the fact that many times the rider does it while racing on top of his horse. Only in Hollywood. We could talk about so many other stunts that are plain myths. The thing is: if you handle guns or want to do it, it’s much safer to take the idea that you can do some of this stuff out of your mind.