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How Much Do You Know About Pistols?
by John Miller
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The history of humankind is marked by the evolution of many types of weapons, from simple spears to atomic bombs. But few firearms have had the kind of pervasive impact of handguns. In our quiz, we’ll blast through pistols of all shapes and sizes — do you really know anything about the weapons called “sidearms”?

Pistols aren’t just lighter and easier to transport than rifles and shotguns. Modern versions are also accurate at long range, and so powerful that some versions are intended for big game hunting, or you know, chasing annoying neighborhood children off of your lawn. (Note: We are not recommending you engage in this activity. Use a garden hose like normal people.)

Pistols began in the early days of gunpowder and were used for self-defense, war and hunting. Black powder versions eventually gave way to more advanced rimfire models. As the market evolved, legendary companies were born, including Colt, Glock, Smith & Wesson, Luger and Browning.

Single-action pistols started the handgun revolution. These days, though, semi-automatic versions are all the rage. The Beretta M9 and Browing Hi-Power are two famous semi-auto pistols. Now it’s time for you to take aim at our pistols quiz and see if you really understand these powerful and deadly tools!

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