The first firearm dates as far back as the 10th century in China where soldiers used bamboo tubes which contained gunpowder and small pellet projectiles. By the 13th century, metal-barreled hand cannons were created and so begins the story of the true firearm.
Today these weapons come in a wide variety including handguns, machine guns, rifles (including automatic and assault), shotguns and carbines. Guns can be described by the type of action employed as well as their caliber. They can also be grouped by the firing mechanism, the type of barrel and barrel length.
A bullet, on the other hand, is the ammunition which goes into the firearm. The word bullet comes from the word boulle which means "small ball" and is made up of several components including the bullet, the propellant which is typically gunpowder or cordite, the rim and the primer, which ignites the propellant and the cartridge which holds all the parts together.
How well do you know your firearms and bullets? Would you be able to correctly answer questions about these weapons if you were asked? Well here's your opportunity to prove how much of an expert you are on all things rifles and their ammunition. Take this quiz to test your knowledge.
How much do you know about how car engines work? And how much do you know about how the English language works? And what about how guns work? How much do you know? Lucky for you, HowStuffWorks is about more than providing great answers about how the world works. We are also here to bring joy to your day with fun quizzes, compelling photography and fascinating listicles. Some of our content is about how stuff works. Some is about how much you know about how stuff works. And some is just for fun! Because, well, did you know that having fun is an important part of how your brain works? Well, it is! So keep reading!