How Well Do You Know Your Bullets and Firearms?

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What is the technical name for the thing that holds a bullet?

A bullet is a component of the cartridge. The cartridge also contains a propellant and a primer.

What does caliber mean?

Caliber refers to the diameter of the barrel. Ammo size must match barrel size.

Primers may be located in what areas of the cartridge?

Primers may be located in either the center or the rim of the cartridge. They are referred to as centerfire and rimfire.

.22LR stands for which of the following?

Twenty-two long rifle is a very common caliber. It is often used for newbies.

Which of the following is the most common shotgun round?

12-gauge is the most common shotgun round.

Larger metal balls within a cartridge refers to which of the following?

Larger metal balls within a cartridge refers to buckshot.

Solid metal within a cartridge refers to which of the following?

Solid metal within a cartridge refers to a slug.

Which term describes a bullet that expands when it hits a target?

Hollow points are made to expand when they hit something. They are commonly used by police.

What is the bullet weight of the twenty-two long rifle?

The twenty-two long rifle has a bullet weight around 30 to 40 grains. It is an inexpensive bullet and useful for beginners.

Which term describes a bullet that is a hollow point covered in plastic?

A ballistic tip is a bullet that is a hollow point covered in plastic. It looks like a Full Metal Jacket.

A bullet with lead that shows at the tip would be called what?

A bullet with lead that shows at the tip would be called a soft point. It was designed to flatten upon impact.

Which is less expensive - full metal jackets or hollow points?

Full metal jacket rounds are less expensive. Therefore, they're often used for practice shooting.

What can happen if a bullet has an air bubble in its core?

A bullet with an air bubble or with an uneven jacket will be off balance. It may not travel along the intended trajectory when fired.

.357 revolvers can also shoot which of the following types of ammo?

.357 revolvers can also shoot .38 Special ammo.

Which of the following would be better for hunting than self-defense?

The .44 Remington Magnum would be better for hunting than self defense. It might be too powerful for the average user.

Which of the following metals is typically NOT used to make bullet casings?

Gold is typically not used to make bullet casings.

Which of the following is a bullet's "ignition"?

The primer is a bullet's ignition. It is the small bump on the base of the bullet.

Which of the following refers to gunpowder within a bullet?

Gunpowder is a propellant. The Chinese were the first to use gunpowder.

Many little metal balls within a cartridge refers to which of the following?

Many small metal balls within a cartridge refers to birdshot.

A bullet is actually which of the following?

A bullet is a projectile. It is the only part of the cartridge that is actually projected.

Which term describes a bullet that is softer, surrounded by a harder casing?

Full metal jacket is the most common type of bullet. They are typically made of lead and copper.

Which type of bullet would have an alloy core?

Armor piercing bullets have an alloy core. Most bullets have a lead core.

Which caliber is considered to be just right for many gun enthusiasts?

A 9mm cartridge is the same size as the .38 special. Many police use 9mm cartridges.

What type of bullet is tapered at the end so that it is stabilized?

Boat tail bullets are tapered at the end. This allows the bullet to fly with stability.

The word "ballistics" is from a Greek word meaning what?

The word "ballistics" is from a Greek word meaning "to throw." Bullets follow an arced path.

Which of the following is a hand-operated firearm?

A pistol is a hand-operated firearm. The bullets are housed in revolving chambers.

Which of the following is used in revolvers?

The .38 Special is the most common ammo for revolvers. It was once standard issue for FBI agents.

What type of gun fires one bullet every time the trigger is pulled?

A semi-automatic fires one bullet every time the trigger is pulled.

What type of gun will fire bullets for as long as the trigger is pulled?

A gun that fires as long as the trigger is pulled is an automatic. A machine gun is an automatic.

Bullet weight is defined using what term?

Bullet weight is defined in grains.

What type of firearm might be used exclusively for trick shooting?

A single action revolver is almost exclusively used only for trick shooting.

An "Uzi" is what type of gun?

An Uzi is a submachine gun.

What type of gun uses pneumatic pressure to launch a projectile?

A BB gun uses pneumatic pressure to launch a projectile. It is a type of air gun.

The acronym, ACP, refers to which of the following?

The Automatic Colt Pistol is a handgun cartridge. It was designed by John Browning in 1905.

What firearm modification is used to hide the flash from the shot?

A flash suppressor is used to hide the flash from a shot. It is attached to the muzzle of the firearm.

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About This Quiz

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. 

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