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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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    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
    Bullseye Shooting Supplies Inc
    837 Park Ave, Woonsocket, RI 02895
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    (401) 766-4409
    User Review: "I went in there hoping to be able to take the blue card test late in the afternoon. After I took the test I asked them that..."
    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
    American Firearms School
    5 John L Dietsch Sq, Attleboro Falls, MA 02763
    (508) 695-5869
    Competition Shooting Supplies
    435 Benefit St, Pawtucket, RI 02861
    (401) 727-1716
    Pheasant Ridge Ent
    204 Taunton Ave, Seekonk, MA 02771
    (508) 336-4867
    Barros Ronald
    16 Dean St, Rehoboth, MA 02769
    (508) 252-6078
    Bay State Trading Post
    503 Winthrop St, Rehoboth, MA 02769
    (508) 336-0205
    Crystal Rose Guns & Ammunition
    634 Winthrop St, Taunton, MA 02780
    (508) 880-4706
    Carr's Sporting Goods Inc
    1452 Somerset Ave, Taunton, MA 02780
    (508) 823-3218
    Zero Hours Arms
    7 Renker Dr, South Easton, MA 02375
    (508) 219-4770
    American Armaments LLC
    62 Dike St, Providence, RI 02909
    (401) 453-1790
    1776 Gunsmithing LLC
    2000 Main St, Walpole, MA 02081
    (508) 734-5476
    Continental Bait & Tackle
    1065 Park Ave, Cranston, RI 02910
    (401) 943-2137
    Cranston Firearms
    1016 Cranston St, Cranston, RI 02920
    (401) 464-4867

    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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