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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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    H & H Sports & Loan
    203 W Alder St, Walla Walla, WA 99362
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    (509) 525-7001
    User Review: "Every time I have been in the store it has been the same attitude like they are better than everyone else but with out the..."
    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
    Larsen Firearms
    914 S Maitland Ave, Pasco, WA 99301
    (509) 545-0346
    Hole In The Wall
    7509 W Deschutes Ave, Kennewick, WA 99336
    (509) 783-1111
    Columbia Gun Rack
    318 W Kennewick Ave, Kennewick, WA 99336
    (509) 586-0212
    Ace Jewelry & Loan
    419 W Entiat Ave, Kennewick, WA 99336
    (509) 582-7936
    Craig's Gun Shop
    209704 E Bryson Brown Rd, Kennewick, WA 99337
    (509) 586-4592
    Village Gunsmith The
    608 N Main St, Milton Freewater, OR 97862
    (541) 938-6260
    Tac Armory
    84101 Highway 11, Milton Freewater, OR 97862
    (541) 215-8300
    Two Brothers Enterprises
    4096 W Van Giesen St Ste C, West Richland, WA 99353
    (509) 967-7200
    Barnums Trading Post
    28 Se Emigrant Ave, Pendleton, OR 97801
    (541) 276-3151
    Ace Jewlery & Loan LLC
    80876 N Highway 395, Hermiston, OR 97838
    (541) 289-1223
    Eastern Oregon Tactical
    138 E Main St, Hermiston, OR 97838
    (541) 701-0395
    Dave's Golf Shop
    1001 Lincoln St, Colton, WA 99113
    (509) 229-3612
    Barrels & Bolts
    817 Fair St, Clarkston, WA 99403
    (509) 758-1413

    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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