- These are specialized firearms. The break-action pistol is very similar to the break-action rifle or shotgun.
- These guns often shoot pistol, rifle, or shot cartridges.
- Break-action pistols may have a safety.
- These guns are also specialized, (usually) single-shot firearms. The bolt-action handgun is very similar to the bolt-action rifle or shotgun.
- These guns may shoot rifle cartridges.
- Bolt-action handguns may have a safety.