Locked and Loaded: Take a Shot at Our Firearms Quiz
by Staff
Cannons, howitzers and other artillery pieces produce more bang for the buck, but they're not so easy to carry in a holster. That's why armies need firearms. Now it's time to see if you're a firearms fanatic or a fizzling dud.

Which firearm became especially popular with Prohibition-era gangsters?

  • AK-47 assault rifle
  • Henry rifle
  • Thompson submachine gun

What do you call the spiral grooves cut into the bore of a gun?

  • breech
  • buttstock
  • rifling

A dedicated sniper would most likely use this type of a firearm.

  • automatic machine gun
  • bolt-action rifle
  • semi-automatic rifle

What is James Bond's pistol manufacturer of choice?

  • Remington
  • Colt
  • Walther
  • the Gatling gun

Which submachine gun is nicknamed the Chicago Typewriter?

  • the Heckler & Koch MP5
  • the Colt 9mm SMG
  • the Thompson submachine gun

Where was the first gunpowder weapon developed?

  • China
  • Mexico
  • Persia

Which weapon was known as the Peacemaker?

  • Colt M1873
  • Smith & Wesson Model 10
  • Springfield Model 1855 rifle-musket

Which pistol did John Browning design to accept the .45-caliber cartridge, which was developed first in 1904?

  • Beretta 92F
  • Colt M1911
  • Glock 17

Which weapon was hailed by Gen. Patton as "the greatest battle implement ever devised"?

  • AK-47
  • M1 Garand
  • Spencer carbine

Which 9 mm submachine gun was developed for the Israeli army?

  • IMI Uzi
  • MP38
  • Sten Mk II

Name the most popular weapon on the planet, with more than 75 million made since the 1940s.

  • AK-47
  • M16
  • StG 44

Which firearm can rightfully be called the first assault rifle?

  • AK-47
  • Heckler & Koch G3
  • Sturmgewehr 44 (StG 44)

What does the "AR" stand for in the popular AR-15 civilian rifle?

  • advanced recoil
  • ArmaLite rifle
  • assault rifle

Which conflict saw the first widespread use of the M16 assault rifle?

  • Civil War
  • Korean War
  • Vietnam War

When someone thinks "shotgun," this is the firearm the person most likely imagines.

  • Franchi SPAS 12
  • Remington M870
  • Pancor Jackhammer

If you were an 18th-century coachman, which weapon would you likely carry to repel highway bandits?

  • blunderbuss
  • Gatling gun
  • tommy gun

Which handgun did Dirty Harry make famous?

  • Colt Detective Special
  • Smith & Wesson M29
  • Walther PPK

Which self-loading pistol established the parabellum round as the world standard?

  • Beretta Model 1934
  • Colt M1911
  • Luger

Which of the following best describes the sequence of events that occur when the trigger of a semi-automatic weapon is pulled?

  • fire
  • fire - eject - load
  • fire - eject - load - fire

Which firearm, used during the Civil War, fired the .58-caliber Minié bullet?

  • Dreyse needle gun
  • LeMat "Grapeshot" Revolver
  • Springfield Model 1855 rifle-musket

Which semi-automatic weapon with a large-capacity magazine became infamous after appearing in surveillance footage of the Columbine massacre?

  • Ingram MAC10
  • Intratec TEC-DC9
  • Mat-49

What famous firearm was found propped against a tree in Nevada in 2015?

  • a Colt Peacemaker
  • an M2 Browning
  • a Winchester Model 1873

The Australian Army used this weapon to fight against emus.

  • a Lewis gun
  • a Gatling gun
  • hand cannons

Name the first gun made mostly from plastic.

  • Colt Detective Special
  • Glock 17
  • Heckler & Koch VP70

Which of these innovations did Samuel Colt bring to the world of weapons production?

  • He invented the revolver.
  • He used an assembly line rather than individual gunsmiths.
  • He invented the safety catch.

If you lived in 13th-century China, your weapon of choice was probably:

  • a hand cannon
  • a mortar
  • a falconet

Those pistols at dawn were probably:

  • flintlock
  • percussion cap
  • matchlock

An 1835 attempt to assassinate President Andrew Jackson with two derringers failed because:

  • The assassin couldn't get them through the metal detector.
  • The assassin had forgotten to load them.
  • The pistols didn't fire.

Speaking of Davy Crockett, what kind of weapon was named after him in the 1950s?

  • a .950-caliber fully-automatic rifle
  • a recoilless nuclear rifle
  • a shoulder-firing missile launcher

A 1975 attempt to assassinate President Gerald Ford with a Colt .45 failed because:

  • The assassin hadn't chambered a bullet.
  • The assassin had forgotten to load it.
  • The firing pin was defective.