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Guns of the World: Which One Are You?
by Zoe Samuel
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While some people are pretty nervous about guns, many people responsibly use them. There are different laws all over the world governing the possession and use of firearms, some more restrictive than others. People are thus often able to use guns safely for recreation like hunting, target shooting, skeet shooting, and competitions. People also use them for very serious endeavors like military and police work.

Even if you have never held a gun, you have a baseline familiarity with the difference between a handgun, a shotgun, a hunting rifle, and a military-grade weapon. Handguns are, as the name suggests, small enough to fit in one hand (though it is often wise to use two, due to the kick after firing them). They are mostly unobtrusive and, if stored securely, can be used for home defense, as using a long gun indoors is obviously dangerous. Shotguns are for hunting and fire cartridges or shells that contain many pellets. They are more conservative and often elegantly engraved. Hunting rifles tend to be lower-caliber weapons that have a "rifled" barrel and fire a single bullet at a time. They are not automatic, meaning you have to pull back the hammer to get rid of the spent casing and then manually chamber the next round. They're sporty, tough, and sleek: the weapon of the responsible civilian gun owner. Military weapons are often semi-automatic (one shot per trigger pull) or automatic ("spray and pray"). They're chaotic, powerful, and bold, a weapon for people with regular training, experience, and a quality gun safe! Individual guns are even more nuanced, with different characteristics serving different purposes. Let's see which best represents you!

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