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Handguns can be either revolvers or pistols.

  • They have three major parts—the frame, the barrel, and the action.
  • The shorter barrel makes it more difficult to maintain safe control of a handgun.
  • Not all handguns have a safety.

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Here are some safety tips for handguns.

  • Keep handguns out of the reach of inexperienced shooters and children.
  • Do not handle a gun that is new or unfamiliar to you.
  • Always keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction.
  • Carry handguns with an empty chamber under the hammer.
  • Make sure handguns are unloaded before you handle them.

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The four common types of handgun actions are revolver, semi-automatic pistol, break-action pistol, and bolt-action handgun.


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Revolvers can be fired only by squeezing the trigger. To fire a single-action revolver, you must cock the hammer by hand before each shot. To fire a double-action revolver, you can squeeze the trigger to cock and fire the gun or you can cock the hammer by hand and then squeeze the trigger.


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Semi-automatic pistols are either single action or double action. To fire a single-action semi-automatic, you must cock the hammer by hand before the first shot only. To fire a double-action semi-automatic, you just squeeze the trigger to fire the first shot.


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The break-action pistol is similar to the break-action rifle or shotgun. These guns shoot pistol, rifle, or shot cartridges. The bolt-action handgun is similar to the bolt-action rifle or shotgun. These guns may shoot rifle cartridges.


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Here are some of the Washington laws and regulations that apply to handguns.

  • It is illegal for a licensed dealer to sell a handgun to anyone under 21 years of age.
  • Centerfire handguns used to hunt big game must be at least .24 caliber and have a barrel that is at least four inches long.