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Handguns ready for loading

Hunting with handguns has been growing in popularity in recent years. Many of the fundamentals of rifle shooting also apply to handguns.

  • Single-action revolvers typically load through a gate on the right side of the frame. To rotate the cylinder, pull the hammer back to half-cock. For a safer carry in the holster or hand, leave an empty chamber in front of the hammer.
  • Double-action revolvers have cylinders that fall downward, exposing all chambers for loading.
  • Semi-automatics usually fire rounds stored in a magazine that is inserted in the grip or handle.