A Quick Guide to Firearms

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Guns are a common sight in modern society. Anyone who’s ever been to an action movie has seen them. Still, there are a lot of things Hollywood doesn’t pay attention to when it selects firearms for the big screen. When it comes to guns there are countless options. Here’s how to tell your hunting rifles from your competition handguns.

Types of Guns

There are several different types when it comes to firearms. The most common categories of guns owned by civilians are the following:

  • Rifles
  • Shotguns
  • Handguns

We can break these down even further by focusing on what they’re used for and who would want them.

What They’re Used For

While rifles, shotguns, and handguns can be used for many of the same purposes, they are usually suited for their own particular roles. These individual uses generally depend on size, speed, durability, price, and firepower.

When it comes to hunting, you will most likely lean towards a rifle. Hunting shotguns and handguns also exist and can be the better option depending on what it is you are hunting. For standard deer hunting, however, a rifle is generally the way to go due to its range and accuracy.

For competitions and trick shooting, where speed and accuracy are essential, you generally want to choose competition handguns and rifles. That said, even shotguns are used for some events, such as skeet shooting.

Lastly, you have collecting and home defense. Gun collecting can be a very rewarding hobby, but it can also be very expensive. Between rare guns and the various lines of legal red tape you have to go through, collecting is not for those with thin wallets. As for home defense, this is the realm of handguns and shotguns. Accurate, inexpensive models with low recoil are a popular choice for those who feel threatened in their own home.

There is a seemingly limitless variety of guns in the world. No matter what you choose to use one for, safety is paramount.