How much do you know—or think you know—about handguns and handgun ammunition? Take our 10-question quiz to find out. We’ll start with a few easier questions and get tougher as we go. The answers are at the end of the quiz but don’t peek ahead, we’ll know!
1. Modern handguns can be used for?
b. Recreational/competitive shooting
d. All of the above
2. Centerfire handgun cartridges have how many parts?
3. True or false: revolvers are fired either single-action or double-action?
4. True or false: semi-automatic handguns are either hammer-fired or striker-fired?
5. In the popular .45 ACP handgun cartridge, what does ACP stand for?
a. Ammunition Custom Products
b. American Colt Pistol
c. Automatic Colt Pistol
d. None of the above
6. The classic 1911-style semi-automatic handgun was introduced in the year 1911 by what American gun maker?
a. Smith & Wesson
7. True or false: Glock semi-automatic handguns can be safely carried with their manual safety either engaged or disengaged?
8. True or false: the caliber of a handgun is measured either in thousandths of an inch, or in millimeters?
9. The historic Derringer handgun was of what size?
10. The best way to become a good handgun shooter is to?
a. Take a solid stance
b. Get a firm grip
c. Concentrate on the front sight
d. Maintain a smoother trigger pull and follow through
e. All of the above
- d, All of the above
- b, Four (case, powder, primer, bullet)
- a, True
- a, True
- c, Automatic Colt Pistol
- c, Colt
- b, False (Trick question! Like many handguns, Glocks have no manual safety, so be sure to remember this whenever you handle one!
- a, True (Handgun caliber measured in thousandths of an inch is the American method of calculating caliber; measuring in millimeters is the European method.)
- a, Small (The original Derringer was a single-shot, muzzleloading percussion-cap pistol introduced in 1852 by Henry Deringer)
- e, All of the above (and practice, practice, practice!)
Well, how did you do?
- One to five answers correct: keep shooting.
- Six to eight answers correct: well done.
- Nine or ten answers correct: You’re a handgunner!
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