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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.
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    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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    Al's Gun Shop
    4080 Nw Heesacker Rd, Forest Grove, OR 97116
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    (503) 357-2441
     
    User Review: "The store is a very good place to go. They have a selection of new and used guns for good prices." - RICH (OR)
    Rich's Gun Shop
    10791 Oak St Ne, Donald, OR 97020
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    (503) 678-2424
     
    User Review: "The store appearance is one of the best I've seen" - luis (OR)
    Ole's Gun Shop
    1198 Walker Rd Ne, Salem, OR 97301
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    (503) 585-3889
     
    User Review: "Probably the best gunsmithing service in the willamette valley. Very knowledgeable and friendly. Only draw back is the shop..."
    Softtouch Custom Stocks
    606 Se 162nd Ave, Portland, OR 97233
    We have been in business for over 30 years and have been installing the patented SoftTouch recoil reduction system for over 28 years. We specialize is custom shotgun stocks, stock modifications and repairs.
    (503) 257-0524
    The Pawnshop Inc
    3820 Silverton Rd Ne, Salem, OR 97305
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    (503) 588-2514
     
    User Review: "High prices, poor customer service, help with an attitude. Get it all at the pawnshop inc. Your" - Ronald (OR)
    The Gun Broker
    14981 Se 82nd Dr, Clackamas, OR 97015
    We are one of Oregon’s last ‘Real Gun Stores’ serving the Portland Oregon Metro area as a Licensed Gun Broker since 1990 where we've been at the same Clackamas location.
    (503) 657-7203
    Albany Guns, Coins & Jewelry
    1225 Pacific Boulevard Se, Albany, OR 97321
    Contact our gun store at (541) 928-9898 in Albany, OR, to receive a fair price for a great item.
    (541) 928-9898
    Columbia Outdoor Sports & Surplus Inc
    395 E. Main Street, Hermiston, OR 97838
    Columbia Outdoor Sports & Surplus Inc. is both an excellent sporting goods store with all the sports equipment you would ever need. If they don't have it, they can get it. Columbia Outdoor Sports & Su
    (541) 567-2080
    The Gun Broker
    1083 N Pacific Hwy, Woodburn, OR 97071
    We are one of Oregon’s last ‘Real Gun Stores’ serving the Portland Oregon Metro area as a Licensed Gun Broker since 1990 where we've been at the same Clackamas location with professional service.
    (503) 981-1886
    Jackthedog Guns
    Portland, OR 97086
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    (503) 805-9665
     
    User Review: "I have been doing business with jackthedog for a number of years. I find him to be one the top sellers on the internet. I..."
    Sm Gun Shop
    1375 River Rd, Eugene, OR 97404
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    (541) 688-8700
     
    User Review: "In all my years I have seen some pretty poor customer service (and some great cs too) but this place takes the cake. With..."
    12th Street Gun Shop
    1448 12th Street Se, Salem, OR 97302
    You will find a large array of hunting, varmint, military firearms, shotguns and handguns within our specialty store. We are experts in clean, quality use firearms and scopes. We buy, sell, trade and consign.
    (503) 990-8506
    Trinity Arms
    1500 S Sandoz Rd #13, Newberg, OR 97132
    We're a full service gunsmith in a relaxed environment. We provide concealed carry classes, restoration, safe handling and training, ammunition, optics, accessories and more. Give us a call.
    (503) 537-2104
    Kevin's Gunsmithing
    1279 Candlewood Dr Ne, Keizer, OR 97303
    Experienced gunsmith / machinist in Salem, OR, area. Long-range accuracy work and all types of rebarreling, refurbishing, repair, and parts.
    (503) 930-5160
    Pacific Pawn
    11146 Ne Halsey St, Portland, OR 97220
    Pacific Pawn and Cash offers collateral loans on items of value such as guns, jewelry, gold, silver, tools, musical instruments and much more. Thru Western Union we offer Money Transfers, Money Orders
    (503) 252-9810


    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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