Can You Match the Ammunition to the Weapon?



By: John Miller

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

In the past few centuries, firearms have evolved from simple smoothbore muzzleloaders with very short range to big-game rifles that can strike targets that are hundreds of yards away. Whether you prefer a Colt, Remington, Sig Sauer, Glock, or other famous manufacturer's products, you have to match the ammunition to the weapon, or you’ll wind up with an explosive mess on your hands. If we name a popular round, do you think you can match it to the correct gun?

You’ve watched 100 movies in which action stars toted the famous Uzi submachine gun. With its snub-nosed design and rapid firing rate, it's good for spraying hundreds of rounds at your enemies. But do you know which cartridge this iconic gun fires? It’s the 9mm Parabellum … but it doesn’t stop there. The Uzi can be chambered for a number of other cartridges too … including, believe it or not, the .22. 

You already know that the Ruger Blackhawk is a famous revolver. But do you know the size of its cartridges? Originally, it was meant for the .357 Magnum, but Ruger didn’t stop there. It can fire more than a dozen types of rounds, everything from a .30 caliber to the special .480 Ruger.
Blast your way through this gun quiz now! Let’s see if you really can match the ammo to the correct gun!

The beefy .30-06 is used in which WWII weapon?

In 1928, John Garand designed the M1 Garand, a .30-06 masterpiece. It became an incredibly important tool for American troops fighting in both theaters of World War II.


The 5.56x45mm NATO is used in which Vietnam icon?

Eugene Stoner created the M16 as an assault rifle for U.S. troops. The gun uses a 5.56x45mm NATO cartridge that caused all sorts of mayhem in Vietnam and beyond.


The .45 ACP is a cartridge used in which American sidearm?

From 1911 to 1986, the M1911, designed by John Browning, was the standard sidearm for the U.S. military. It fires a beefy .45 ACP cartridge.


9mm cartridges are common in which famous polymer gun?

Glock gained fame for its polymer-based sidearms. The Glock 17 is one of the best-reviewed 9mm handguns in recent decades.


Which ultra-common assault rifle fires a 7.62x38mm bullet?

Tens of millions of AK-47 assault rifles are strewn about the world. And they fire a potent 7.62x38mm cartridge that’s seen an incredible amount of violence.


9mm is the cartridge size for which handgun?

It was called the Hi-Power because it carried 13 rounds, more than any other handgun of the day. This Browning masterpiece was chambered for both 9mm and .40 Smith & Wesson.


.56-.56 is a big, bad round meant for which gory gun?

The Spencer repeating rifle used a lever action that made it much faster than muzzleloaders of the 1860s. As such, its .56-.56 rounds were deadly in the hands of soldiers who were lucky enough to use one in the Civil War.


.22 caliber is a bitty bullet made for which famous piece?

The Marlin Model 60 was unveiled in 1960, and since then it’s gone on to sell millions of copies. It is one of the most numerous .22 rifles in history.


The .45 ACP was used in the trench sweeper, which was better known as what?

It was the "Tommy gun," the Thompson submachine gun. Chambered for the big .45 ACP round, it found its most famous use with Prohibition-era gangsters, who used it to control their territory.


The .44 caliber round found its way into which iconic sidearm?

The Smith & Wesson Model 3 was made to handle several large cartridges. One of the most common was the .44 round, which was plenty large enough to stop most men.


12 gauge was the size of the load for which famous scattergun?

Winchester took its Model 1897 shotgun and evolved its design into the Model 12, which debuted in 1912. It was the first mass-marketed internal hammer shotgun to find real success.


It's a very famous 12 gauge. Which reliable gun is it?

The Remington 870 is one of the most common shotguns in America. In its 12-gauge form, it is easily one of the most reliable shotguns of all-time.


It's a well-known sidearm. And it uses a .38 Special. Which gun is it?

The S&W Model 60 was chambered for one cartridge — the .38 Special. It’s an iconic revolver in part because it was the first one made from stainless steel.


The .32-40 cartridge is used in which older weapon?

The Winchester Model 1894 is one of the most famous lever-action hunting rifles ever. It can fire different blackpowder cartridges, but one of the most common was the .32-40.


The .303 British cartridge is fired with which well-known war rifle?

It may have debuted in 1895, but the Lee-Enfield rifle was an icon of both World Wars for the British army. It was a bolt-action staple that fired .303 British cartridges.


You'd find the .223 caliber in which customizable gun?

The AR-15 is officially one of the most popular guns in America, for sporting purposes of all kinds. Highly customizable, it often uses the .223 Remington cartridge.


This big round -- the .48 caliber -- was used in which big gun?

In the 1700s, the American Long Rifle came into vogue. These muzzleloading rifles had very long barrels and were often chambered for .48 caliber rounds — plenty for taking down either game or men.


Which battle rifle uses the 7.62x51mm NATO cartridge?

The M14 was a true battle rifle that fired 7.62x51mm NATO rounds. Its the short-lived rifle that filled in between the M1 Garand and the M16, which debuted in Vietnam.


You'd shoot the .405 caliber through which older weapon?

Do you really need a .405 caliber rifle? Maybe you do ... if you’re Teddy Roosevelt and heading out on safari. He lugged along his Model 1895 to Africa for big-game hunts that required huge .405 rounds.


The 9mm cartridge is used in which WWII piece?

Like the Luger, the Walther P-38 had a notorious reputation because it was used by the Germans during their conquest of Europe in WWII. The P-38 was made to fire a 9mm cartridge.


You'd find the 7.92x57mm loaded in which rapid-fire killer?

The MG42 was a German machine gun that saw widespread use in World War II. It leveraged a 7.92x57mm Mauser cartridge that gave the gun an effective range of around 2,000 meters.


The .44 caliber is used in which iconic Civil War piece?

During the Civil War, few rifles saw the kind of acclaim as the Henry repeating rifle. It fired a .44 rimfire cartridge, and its high speed gave a huge advantage to men who fought against enemies stuck with single-shot rifles.


Which little handgun blasts .22 caliber cartridges?

Also called the Ruger Standard, the Mark I is a handgun that blasts .22 LR cartridges. It’s a cheap way to plink your way around the countryside.


You'd find the .303 British cartridge in which high-powered gun?

It was really the first automatic gun in human history ... the Maxim gun. Primitive by today’s standards, the Maxim gun could fire 500 .303 British cartridges per minute.


The .30-06 is a deer-worthy cartridge that's fired through which rifle?

With its five-round magazine and excellent accuracy, the Springfield 1903 is a classic .30-06 rifle. It saw action all over Europe in World War I.


You can shoot .38 caliber cartridges through which sidearm?

More than 6 million of the Smith & Wesson Model 10 have been manufactured. The amazing popularity of this .38-caliber sidearm has added substantially to the company’s legendary status.


The 5.56mmx45mm NATO cartridge fuels which popular rifle?

The AR-15 is based on a design that was intended for military purposes. One of the reasons it didn’t catch on with militaries is its 5.56mmx45mm NATO round, which many generals deem too diminutive for true battlefield action.


This 12 gauge model was made by Browning. Which gun is it?

The Auto-5 was a Browning shotgun that was called the "Humpback" for its weirdly-shaped stock. Available as a 12 gauge, its smooth semi-automatic action is legendary.


You find .58 caliber rounds in which savage machine?

With its hand crank, the Gatling gun could spit about 200 round per minute with its huge .58-caliber rounds. In its smaller .30-caliber incarnation, its firing rate more than tripled.


The 7.92x57mm cartridge is used in which big German weapon?

The Mauser 98 was chambered for the 7.92x57mm cartridge. Millions of these cartridges found themselves in the hands of German troops fighting World War I.


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