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Guns and Firearms: Five Things You Should Know

There are more than 300 million privately owned firearms in the United States, according to a 1995 national firearms survey. That’s nearly one firearm for every man, woman, and child. Guns have been around for centuries but since the 1950’s there has been an explosion of new firearms designs and companies competing for market share. The result is confusion among consumers who may not even realize that they are buying new gun technology. The purpose of this article is to help you understand the options and make informed choices when buying a gun or firearm product.

With the growing prevalence of guns and firearms in today’s world, it is absolutely crucial to have all of the facts. If you have purchased a gun or are thinking of purchasing one, make sure that you are adequately informed. Why take chances, when we can help?

Before you go gun shopping, here are five things you should know about guns and firearms:

  • Know what you’re looking for. There are four basic types of firearms: rifles, shotguns, handguns, and muzzleloaders. Rifles have grooves in the barrel with spiral fluting that gives them their accurate and long-range shooting prowess (think military snipers). Shotguns have smooth barrels with a spreader-type pattern meant to shoot multiple projectiles. Handguns have ridges in their barrels for the same reason rifles do, plus they can be concealed for convenience. Muzzleloaders use black powder to propel bullets through their rifled barrel.
  • Often when talking about shooting, people refer to a firearm as a “gun.” This is partly because there is no standardized naming system for guns. An author will use the word gun very casually in a story or novel, which could be in reference to a handgun, rifle, shotgun, or machine gun. While the word firearm is used by the U.S. The Department of Justice when conducting its crime series studies, in films or television the word “gun” is used much more frequently than the word “firearm.”
  • If you are thinking about purchasing a new gun or firearm of any kind, from an online retailer, the first thing you should know is that the firearms must meet legal definitions of their particular kind. Guns and firearms are different things and these legal definitions matter for reasons other than just for purchase, sale, or ownership. If you’re thinking about doing business on the internet with a firearms dealer, then it’s a very good idea to bring up your concerns before you go to make a final purchase so that they can explain where they stand under the law before you have spent your hard-earned money.
  • Guns are dangerous. They’re not safe to use on your own, and should only be handled by someone trained in their use. Make sure you respect these 5 rules of gun safety: treat all firearms as if they are loaded; point your gun in a safe direction; keep your finger off the trigger until you intend to shoot; never load a firearm unless you intend to use it right away, and be sure to unload your gun before leaving it.
  • The information about the proper use of guns for home defense and safe use of ammunition. Due to their high pressure, guns must be carefully handled. The bullets from the gun have such a speed in the air that they can easily break windows and walls around our houses. 

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