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.

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