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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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    Swift River Gun Works
    450 State St, Belchertown, MA 01007
    Full service; full time gunsmith since 1987. General service and repair. All makes and models. Current manufacture and antique. Nation wide.
    (413) 323-4052
    Village Gun Shop
    Northborough, MA 01532
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    (508) 366-1999
    User Review: "This is a very interesting type of gun shop. Not long ago it was the normal type of shop everybody was used to -- you could..." - Scott (MA)
    Dowd P G Firearms
    Westborough, MA 01581
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    (508) 366-6660
    User Review: "This is the same guy as reviewed in the village gun shop listing. Peter dowd is listed twice, which is a good thing. Tis is..." - Scott (MA)
    Gun Room of Shrewsbury Inc
    276 Boston Tpke, Shrewsbury, MA 01545
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    (508) 754-0359
    User Review: "This is a great place to go if you wish to go back in time to when gun shops were a nice place to spend some time. This..." - Scott (MA)
    Hines D M Repair
    1151 Washington St, Braintree, MA 02184
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    (781) 849-6010
    User Review: "Attempted to contact the office multiple times. Left a number of messages. No reply."
    Wayne's Weaponry
    251 Laurel St, West Boylston, MA 01583
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    (508) 835-3690
    User Review: "Knowledgeable people with some good basic advice when I had a maintenance issue I couldn't figure out."
    First Defense Fireamrs Inc
    Uxbridge, MA 01569
    We offer group and private firearms classes for obtaining your LTC or FID card and personalized shooting instruction from the basics to defensive shooting.
    (508) 278-6844
    Northeast Trading Co
    580 Kelley Blvd Ste 1, North Attleboro, MA 02760
    NORTHEAST TRADING CO., INC., in North Attleboro, MA, is a firearm dealer selling hunting supplies as well as offering firearms training.
    (508) 695-4852
    Ron's Sport Shop
    13 Russells Mills Rd Ste B, South Dartmouth, MA 02748
    (508) 994-8211
    Boston Firearms Training Center
    151 Bow Street Unit 2, Everett, MA 02149
    Boston Firearms is a full service training facility located in the Everett, MA less than 10 minutes from Boston. Boston Firearms provides the necessary Basic Firearm Safety Course for MA residents to
    (781) 284-6677
    Boston Firearms Training Center
    151 Bow Street, Everett, MA 02149
    Boston Firearms Training Center is full service training facility. Boston Firearms provides the necessary Basic Firearm Safety Course for MA residents to meet the training requirement for their MA Cla
    (617) 944-0985
    Northeast Arms, LLC
    108 Newbury Street , Unit H, Peabody, MA 01960
    Contact us at (888) 982-9908 in Peabody, MA, for a firearms store and gun shop. Northeast Arms, LLC Peabody, MA 01960
    (978) 826-5457
    New Bedford Revolver & Rifle Club
    246 Bolton St, New Bedford, MA 02740
    (508) 990-2523
    Ware Gun Shop
    91 W Main St, Ware, MA 01082
    (413) 967-7456
    Personal Defense Specialists Inc
    570 Newton St, South Hadley, MA 01075
    (413) 533-9286

    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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