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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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    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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    Upstate Guns And Ammo
    3410 State Street, Schenectady, NY 12304
    Call our gun and ammo shop at (518) 370-GUNS in Schenectady, NY, for the absolute best deals on handguns, shotguns, and rifles. gun shop, ammo shop, Schenectady
    (518) 370-4867
    Zacks Sports Inc
    2138 Route 9, Round Lake, NY 12151
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    (518) 899-2799
    User Review: "Great place, they know a lot about guns and have a lot of items."
    Tru-Shot Firearms
    8 Italiani Rd, Rosendale, NY 12472
    We are a small veteran owned family operated gun shop offering gunsmithing services, parts, and accessories. We strive to provide the latest gear at the lowest possible prices.
    (845) 750-4883
    Guns Inc
    1940 Route 9, Castleton On Hudson, NY 12033
    (518) 477-8113
    Comac Guns
    586 Route 9w, Glenmont, NY 12077
    (518) 426-5587
    Catskill Gun Shop
    12925 State Route 9w, West Coxsackie, NY 12192
    (518) 731-9083
    B & G Arms
    209 W Sand Lake Rd, Wynantskill, NY 12198
    (518) 283-1662
    B and J Guns
    1702 Central Ave, Albany, NY 12205
    (518) 862-9831
    Steve's Gun Shop
    755 State Route 43, Stephentown, NY 12169
    (518) 733-9494
    Coxsackie Gun & Bow Shop Inc
    219 Mansion St, Coxsackie, NY 12051
    (518) 731-4422
    Veterans Gun Depot
    41 Lower Hudson Ave, Troy, NY 12183
    (518) 326-2721
    Oakwood Trading Post
    312 Oakwood Ave, Troy, NY 12182
    (518) 235-4867
    Avid Sports
    1575 W Housatonic St Ste D, Pittsfield, MA 01201
    (413) 997-3600
    Your Place for Guns
    689 Harlemville Rd, Hillsdale, NY 12529
    (518) 672-0013
    Target Sports Inc
    3361 S Thompson St, Schenectady, NY 12306
    (518) 365-8961

    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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