Video: What Makes a Firearm?

A firearm is nothing more than the sum of its parts ... and here are what the parts are, and how we describe them.

posted on March 25, 2024

Frame, barrel, action, trigger, grip ... understanding what these terms mean and what part of your gun they describe is critical to gun safety. When it comes to guns, there are some universal constants but there are also many variations on the basic definition of a "gun." It doesn't help when the mainstream media has a tough time getting these terms straight (how often have you heard a "magazine" called a "clip" on TV?). In this great video courtesy of our friends at NRA Women, you'll get a simple, plain-English definition of what makes up a firearm and how those parts are properly defined.



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