Types of Guns: Rifles, Shotguns and Handguns

“All you need for happiness is a good gun, a good horse, and a good wife.” – Daniel Boone

This is an overview of the types of guns – rifles, shotguns and handguns – that really everyone should know.

I’m not a gun expert. If it shoots, then what else really matters? The differences in guns come down to their barrels, intended use and the type of ammo used.

Rifles: Rifles are what you use to harvest larger game animals, like deer, antelope and hogs.

  • They have a long barrel and you hold the button your shoulder while using one hand to hold the gun up, and the other to hold the grip and pull the
  • Rifles are measured by caliber and shoot one powerful bullet.
  • The caliber is technically the diameter of the gun’s Examples of calibers are .243 caliber or .27 caliber. You don’t say the decimal when talking about a certain gun. It’s a 243.
  • You have one bullet with each trigger pull, except for fully- automatic rifles. The rifle adds spin to the bullet giving it the longer distance and better I personally shoot a Tika 25-06.
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Shotguns: Shotguns are used to shoot birds and small game.

  • They also have a long barrel and shoot off the
  • A shotgun uses a shell that sprays multiple small pellets which makes it perfect for birds and small
  • Shotguns are measured by gauge, i.e. 12-gauge, 16-gauge.
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Handguns: A handgun has a short barrel you hold in your hand instead of propping it up against your shoulder, like a rifle or shotgun.

  • They also use spin, like a rifle, to provide accurately
  • These are more portable and usually used for self-defense and stationary targets. A pistol and revolver are types of handguns.

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