Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Rifle Shooting Sports?

by
posted on July 23, 2018
riflequiz-1.jpg

How much do you know—or think you know—about rifles and rifle ammunition? Take our 10-question quiz and find out. The answers are at the end of the quiz but don’t peek ahead, we’ll know!


1)  True or false, all modern rifle ammunition is either rimfire or centerfire?

a. True
b. False

 

2)  In the AR-15 style of rifles so popular today, what do the initials AR stand for?

a. Automatic Rifle
b. Assault Rifle
c. ArmaLite Rifle
d. All of the above terms may correctly be used interchangeably

 

3)  AR-15 style rifles are sometimes called MSRs; what do those initials stand for?

a. Modern Sporting Rifle
b. Military Style Rifle
c. Manufacturer’s Suggested Rifle (as recommended for beginners)
d. None of the above

 

4)  The popular .30/06 rifle cartridge is of what caliber and in what year was it introduced?

a. .30 caliber and 1806
b. .30 caliber and 1906
c. .30 caliber and 2006
d. None of the above

 

5)  When sighting-in a rifle with open sights, also known as iron sights, which direction should you move the rear sight?

a. In the same direction you want the hits on the target to move
b. In the opposite direction you want the hits on the target to move
c. Just give up and put a telescopic sight on the rifle!

 

6)  In what era of American history did the term “sniper” originate?

a. Frontier era
b. Market-hunting era
c. Civil War era

 

7)  Which of the terms below has to do with the misfiring of a flintlock muzzleloading rifle?

a. Going off half-cocked
b. Flash in the pan
c. Shooting your wad
d. All of the above

 

8)  In the sport of Cowboy Action Shooting, what is the action of the rifle that participants are required to shoot?

a. Bolt-action
b. Semi-automatic action
c. Lever-action
d. Any of the above, it’s a matter of the participant’s choice

 

9)  In the sport of 3-Gun, what is the action of the rifle that participants shoot?

a. Bolt-action
b. Semi-automatic action
c. Lever-action

 

10)  Which rifle did you first learn to shoot?

a. BB gun
b. .22 LR
c. Other

 


Answers:

  1. A (True)
  2. C (ArmaLite Rifle: In the 1950s, ArmaLite was the first gun manufacturer to introduce the AR-15 style rifle to the general public; it was the civilian, semiautomatic version of the military’s M16.)
  3. A (Modern Sporting Rifle)
  4. B (.30 caliber and 1906)
  5. A (Move the rear sight in the same direction you want the hits on the target to move)
  6. B (Market-hunting era: Years ago when wildlife was allowed to be sold for food, one of the species hunted was a shorebird known as a snipe.  And, yes, there really are such critters.  But snipe fly very fast and erratically, so to be known as a “sniper” you had to become a good wingshot with a shotgun.  Today, the term “sniper” has evolved into describing anyone who is an excellent shot with any type of firearm, but particularly a rifle.)
  7. D (All of the above)
  8. C (Lever action)
  9. B (Semiautomatic action)
  10. A, B, or C (It doesn’t matter how you answered our last quiz question, your first shooting experience with a rifle still remains a special memory, doesn’t it? Your homework is to pass that experience along to a new shooter!)

 


Score Card: Well, how did you do?

  • One to five answers correct: keep shooting.
  • Six to eight answers correct: well done.
  • Nine or 10 answers correct: Top Gun!

 

Read Mr. Gross’ previous quiz on the shooting sports

Latest

Buyingthrowbackgunsparttwo 1
Buyingthrowbackgunsparttwo 1

Buying Throwback Guns (Part 2)

A throwback Marlin .22 rifle vs. internet economics.

New: Safariland APEX Concealable Body Armor Vest System

Safariland unveils new APEX concealable body armor carrier system inspired by modern sports protection that offers high protection and mobility.

2023 USPSA New Hampshire State Competition Raises Awareness About DeliverFund

At the 2023 USPSA New Hampshire State Match, the goal was to raise awareness about DeliverFund and its support of law enforcement in the fight against human trafficking.

2024 Traveler’s Guide To The Firearm Laws Of The Fifty States Available Now

Fully loaded with useful information for those traveling with firearms regarding different state laws, since 1997 the “Traveler’s Guide To The Firearm Laws Of The Fifty States” has sold more than two million copies. The 28th edition includes more than 100 changes from last year.

Father And Son Make Trip From Spain To Compete At Camp Perry

Father-son duo Christian and John Hughes traveled from Spain to participate in pistol matches at Camp Perry in 2023.

NRA Continues To Make Progress: 1923 National Matches

Smallbore rifle flourished at the 1923 National Matches, and the addition of an International Match schedule, 1924 Olympic team tryouts and range improvements made this the biggest competition yet.

Interests



Get the best of Shooting Sports USA delivered to your inbox.