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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 have a gate on the right side of the frame through which you load the cylinder. Be sure to keep the barrel pointed down until you close the gate. For a safer carry in the holster or hand, leave the cylinder in front of the hammer empty.
  • Double-action revolvers have cylinders that swing outward, exposing all chambers for loading. When loading, keep the front of the cylinder pointed down until after you close the cylinder to prevent rounds from falling out.
  • Semi-automatics usually fire rounds stored in a magazine that is inserted in the grip or handle.