What are the different parts of a firearm?
- The stock is used to hold the firearm. Serves as a platform for supporting the action and barrel and is held by the shooter
The barrel is the metal tube through which the bullet, shot or slug travels when the cartridge is fired. The Projectile or shot charge in the barrel travels under pressure from burning gunpowder, compressed air or other means.
The action is the heart of the firearm.
The action contains the moving parts which load and fire the ammunition.
The action also ejects the spent case.
The safety is a mechanism used to help prevent the accidental discharge of a firearm.
The safety mechanism is designed to block the trigger.
A safety does not necessarily block the gun’s firing mechanism.
Never depend solely on the safety to prevent a firearm from firing.
- The trigger allows the shooter to initiate the shot.
A trigger guard is a protective loop surrounding the trigger of a firearm designed to prevent unwanted contact with the trigger.
- The muzzle is the front end of the barrel.
- The part of the barrel from which the projectile emerges.
- Must always be pointed in a safe direction.
The sight is a device used to aim the firearm.
The sight allows for precise alignment of the firearm with the target.
The barrel stamp is a stamp engraved on the side of the barrel that indicates specific information about the correct ammunition (caliber or gauge) to use for the firearm.
Allows you to correctly match ammunition to the firearm.