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Common Gun Terms

An important part of owning a gun is maintaining it and being knowledgeable about how it works. The following are seven basic terms to be familiar with if you own a gun or are planning on purchasing one.

  • Gunsmith – A person who repairs or modifies firearms. Gunsmiths also inspect firearms to make sure they are safe. They are highly skilled craftsmen, who must be licensed to practice their trade. Gunsmiths may work for a gun manufacturer, gun club, or own their own shop.
  • Gun Dealer – An individual licensed to buy and sell firearms. Gun dealers must comply with all federal, state, and local laws at their stores, including enforcing any mandatory waiting periods or completing background checks at their shops.
  • Gun Club – Also known as a shooting range, a gun club is a place where gun owners can discuss their firearms, purchase shooting accessories, and practice shooting them in a safe environment.
  • Paintball Guns – Guns that use a gas, like carbon dioxide, to shoot balls of paint. Paintball guns are used in the sport of paintball. Paintball guns are usually sold in sporting goods stores, specialty shops or on the internet.
  • Rifle – A gun that is fired from the shoulder with a long barrel designed for range and accuracy. Rifles are commonly used by hunters.
  • Pistol – A gun that is held in the hand and fired. The term pistol may as be used to refer to revolvers.
  • Shotgun – A gun that is usually fired from the shoulder and is often loaded with a shell that contains small projectiles, called shot.
    American Gunsmithing Institute
    Our association is dedicated to the proper usage, education, and development of guns. Our gunsmith association aims to further the dying profession and art of gunsmiths and raise awareness.
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    User Review: "Just had to say this is a great institute dvds are great but tests are hard and make you think thing out. I have taken..." - Tony (OR)
    National Gunsmith Association Llc
    Midway, FL 32343
    If you are a gun enthusiast or gunsmith, you can become a member of our association. The NRA has been preserving our national right to bear arms and dedicated to teaching gun safety.
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    Freitas Gun Shop
    3435 S Walnut Ave, Fresno, CA 93706
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    (559) 486-8002
    User Review: "Really good place to shop. This is where I will purchase all my guns in the future." - Rion (CA)
    Lock Stock & Barrel
    8972 Huntington Dr, San Gabriel, CA 91775
    Offering New and Used Guns, Bought and Sold. Consignment Sales. New Location.
    (626) 287-0051
    Russell's Gunsmithing
    Russell S Gunsmithing, Dixon, CA 95620
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    (707) 678-5552
    User Review: "The most courtious, helpful, and kindest person. a first class business." - Margaret (CA)
    Ade's Gun Shop
    1124 W Chapman Ave, Orange, CA 92868
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    (714) 744-3373
    User Review: "The shop needs to be bigger, very reasonable prices and private transfer fees. The guy will work with you on anything. I..." - mark (CA)
    Big John's Firearms
    12154 4th St, Yucaipa, CA 92399
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    (909) 790-0146
    User Review: "Would recommend to anyone who is unsure of exactly what type of firearm they should buy. Help you figure out what will..." - Matt (CA)
    River City Gun Exchange
    2358 Fruitridge Rd, Sacramento, CA 95822
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    (916) 428-0377
    User Review: "Very uncomfortable place. Poor displays, lot of help, standing around." - Margaret (CA)
    Old Sacramento Armoury Inc
    2215 J St, Sacramento, CA 95816
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    (916) 446-7079
    User Review: "I called to inquire about some guns I was looking for to purchase, after the first gun I mentioned they said we don't have..." - brenna (CA)
    Lax Firing Range
    927 W Manchester Blvd, Inglewood, CA 90301
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    (310) 568-1515
    User Review: "D best in town! recommended for beginners, try and you will love coming back."
    R & R Gun Shop
    665 S Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92264
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    (760) 325-6859
    User Review: "I had a real problem with a couple of my guns about a year or so ago. I took them to a gun shop (r&r) I looked up in palm..." - Robert (CA)
    Valley Gun Inc
    2728 Chester Ave, Bakersfield, CA 93301
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    (661) 325-9468
    User Review: "Like the sevice will shop there again soon for a ar15 if they have one"
    Angeles Shooting Ranges Inc
    12651 Little Tujunga Canyon Rd, Sylmar, CA 91342
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    (818) 899-2255
    User Review: "This range is awesome. Nice people and a great variety of targets and distances. It's only closed on christmas day. They..."
    Castello Gun Shop
    2279 Lincoln Ave, San Jose, CA 95125
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    (408) 264-6212
    User Review: "Was told it takes 1/2 hr to repair however 5 months later it's still not ready. He says it's not a priority!! this is the..."
    Buck Stop The
    672 Pleasant Valley Rd, Diamond Springs, CA 95619
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    (530) 622-9486
    User Review: "Way overpriced guns and lousy attitude. Aviod at all costs."
    Wild Bills Old West Trading Co
    10456 Grant Line Rd, Elk Grove, CA 95624
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    (916) 686-7699
    User Review: "Long lines and employees don't seem to care if your even there. They only have one cash register and when somebody is..."
    Olde West Gun & Loan Co Inc
    568 N Market St, Redding, CA 96003
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    (530) 243-8334
    User Review: "Will shop here again n was extremely helpful!!! could not do enough for me" - nick (CA)

    The first guns were muskets and showed up in the middle of the 17th century. Since then, the technology has changed and developed over time. A modern firearm is a sophisticated piece of equipment. Both rifles and pistols are designed and engineered to a high degree of precision. One of the key developments was standardization. Ammo is now made in a number of sizes, but each of those sizes is specific and set. Firearms are often referred to by their caliber, which refers to the size of the bullets or cartridges they fire. Guns are used for a number of purposes ranging from the military to personal protection to hunting. Hunting rifles are amongst the more common guns sold. Sub machine guns are used by military and law enforcement officials. Most guns, these days, are mass produced and sold through dealers and gun stores. Legal requirements for gun ownership vary from state to state and sometimes county to county. Dealers are commonly held responsible for ensuring that customers fulfill those requirements. However, there are still some custom guns made. The modern gunsmith likely works out of a shop or store. They make new guns or repair old ones. A gunsmith uses various tools and replacement parts, such as safety mechanisms or a new stock. Most gun parts are made of metal. Gunsmiths, even ones that do not have a shop and work only on their own weapons, are licensed. They are often required to keep guns in a safe when not working on them. Gunsmiths may also work with gun clubs and at firing ranges, offering basic repairs and advice on maintenance and cleaning. Some gunsmiths may work with non-lethal weaponry, such as paintball guns. Paintball is very popular in some areas, with numerous clubs of enthusiasts.
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