Guns

Firearms can be classified into four basic types: handguns, rifles, shotguns, and fully automatic firearms. Handguns are designed to be fired with one hand and have a relatively short barrel compared to rifles and shotguns.

Straight back recoil is the most important element in handheld small-arms design; shot to shot, straight back recoil makes it possible for a soldier to keep a firearm on target during semi-automatic or fully automatic fire.

Good examples of handguns are the M45A1 and the M9. Truly, we could go much deeper and much broader if we were to talk about every sort of handgun that’s ever existed with any significant issue, but we could write a whole book about the history of numerous handguns.

Firearms are a very wide range of weapons that can propel either solid objects or energy particles such as a bullet. They were first invented sometime after around 1250 A.D. and still serve basically the same purposes today that they did then. The various forms of guns—handguns, rifles, and shotguns—fulfill the different needs of their users.

Whether they’re used by individuals for personal protection, by the police as a means of enforcing the law, by hunters to put food on the table, or as a tool for competitive shooters, guns are a part of the American fabric. The creators of the U.S. Constitution enshrined the individual’s right to keep and bear arms in the Second Amendment for a reason.

Different types of guns

Guns are grouped into classes based on how big they are, how they work, and how they fire. We’d normally think of a weapon as large or small, but the category also concerns us because it gathers together guns that work in about the same way—up to a point. A kind of catchall phrase we sometimes see is that guns are “militarized” or “not militarized.”

The vaguely involved thought here is that handguns aren’t really that much like, say, muskets. Yet the category is useful, and declaring that war is war isn’t likely to change much. In this Unpacked scenario, we’re not going to cover muskets and cannons. That can all go in a cabinet at Colonial Williamsburg, largely beyond harm’s reach.

Guns Impact on Culture and Law

Firearms hold an important place in several cultures and large parts of the population are staunch advocates for the right to bear them. Nowhere is this truer than in the United States, where the constitutional amendment that affirms this right is celebrated by its supporters as uniquely American.

But even though this is so, the regulation and control of firearms remain very much in dispute, with the rules of this dicey debate still mostly unfixed.

STI Tactical 4.0 and Spartan III
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STI Tactical 4.0 and Spartan III

[schema type=”product” url=”http://www.stiguns.com/” name=”STI Tactical 4.0 and Spartan III” brand=”STI” manfu=”STI International” model=”Tactical 4.0 & Spartan III” ] The Georgetown company, “STI International” makes some very good combat pistols.Their tactical line is made up mainly from long barreled models with single or double stack magazines. Here, we’ll focus on two that use Colt M-1911 design…

Canadian Revolvers – Wild West Edition
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Canadian Revolvers – Wild West Edition

[schema type=”product” name=”Canadian Revolvers – Wild West Edition” manfu=”RSAF Enfield, Colt’s Manufacturing Company, Winchester Repeating Arms Company” model=”Enfield MK II, M1878, Adams .450, The Winchester Model 1876″ ] Few people connect Canada and Canadian history with the Wild West moniker. But it is no less apt way to describe the Canadian frontier than the territory…

SIG P-224 – World Class Compact Handgun
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SIG P-224 – World Class Compact Handgun

[schema type=”product” name=”SIG P-224″ brand=”SIG” manfu=”SIG Sauer” model=”SIG P224″ ] World Class Compact Handgun  Although pretty small, P-224 has a double stack magazine with a sizeable capacity. It was made to excellent SIG’s specs. It is meant for people who want a defensive weapon that is easy to conceal. Despite its size P-224 is still…

Zbrojovka P-09: Ready for Duty
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Zbrojovka P-09: Ready for Duty

[schema type=”product” name=”Zbrojovka P-09″ brand=”CZ” manfu=”Česká zbrojovka Uherský Brod” model=”P-09″ ] Although this gun is made in Europe, the complete this year’s batch has already been reserved for the American market, where it should be available in July. According to our source from Zbrojovka, the oncoming legislation which would restrict obtaining so called “assault weapons”, has…

New Jersey Smart Gun Law About To Kick In
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New Jersey Smart Gun Law About To Kick In

[schema type=”product” url=”https://stateofguns.com/new-jersey-smart-gun-law-kick-1419/” name=”iP1″ brand=”Smart System” manfu=”Armatix” model=”Smart Gun” ] A law passed in 2002 might soon be coming into power, unless the efforts of South Jersey State Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg manages to change that. The 2002 law would have made it legal to sell only smart guns, with the exemption of weapons…

100% American-made, custom 1911 .45 ACP pistol
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100% American-made, custom 1911 .45 ACP pistol

Maximus arms releases 100% american-made, custom 1911 .45 ACP Gladiator pistol Franklin, TN – Maximus Arms announces the release and sale of the patented Gladiator 1911 .45 ACP pistol, the product of over eighty dimensional modifications introduced by a cadre of firearm experts. Serving as the flagship for an upcoming line of 1911 pistols, this…

Visually impaired can obtain gun permits in Iowa
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Visually impaired can obtain gun permits in Iowa

Speaking of gun control, regardless of your stand on that issue, you will probably find the debate regarding Iowa and the decision to grant gun permits to blind people interesting. So far, permits have been granted to the visually impaired in three counties. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office has given out permits to at least…

Gauss gun: SF comes for a visit
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Gauss gun: SF comes for a visit

Whether you call it a Gauss gun or a coilgun, this is one of those future weapons that many people love. And one guy, that goes by the name of Jason Murray decided a while ago he wanted to make it, because it is awesomely cool. Gauss gun fires metal slugs at high velocity, and…

Star Echeverria: Basque rarity guns
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Star Echeverria: Basque rarity guns

Star Echeverria weapons manufacturers from Basque are well known among collectors and gun enthusiasts. During the beginning of the 1920, they started producing a gun which can be described as a copy of the famous Colt M1911 A1. Their first model, name P, was an almost identical copy of the Colt, also in .45 ACP….

Masterpiece Arms Defender MPA 57: The Ingram Kid
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Masterpiece Arms Defender MPA 57: The Ingram Kid

[schema type=”product” url=”https://www.masterpiecearms.com/” name=”MPA 57″ manfu=”Masterpiece Arms” model=”Defender” ] In the last half century there was hardly an example of a new pistol caliber that saw extended use. The “needle-like” 5.7×28 is clearly an exception which, although not yet fully combat-proven, saw its way into many commando and law enforcement units, especially with still futuristic FN…

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