Uses - Applications of Firearms

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There are a lot of different reasons people might want to own, and use firearms. Firearms have been an integral part of human life in most cultures for centuries. From hunting, to war, to defending one's family, property, and belongings, guns are 'the great equalizer'. Firearms come in a variety of sizes, for a variety of uses.

Cowboy Action Shooting

Aficionados of the Old West are well familiar with action style cowboy shooting. Typically this involves pistols, and a quick hand. Just as important in this sport is a quick and properly weighted pistol to maintain the sort of control a quick hand needs.


Guns, again often referred to as the great equalizer, are an excellent means of defense. When one's life, freedom, or property is in danger it is appropriate to consider lethal force in defending one's self. A small pistol can protect any individual from far larger, or a large number of, intruders or assailants in ways no other weapon could. 


While there are a variety of means for catching prey, and there is a sportsman aspect to each, guns are a very effective way to hunt. In some cases they are by far the most practical way as large prey often is very difficult to stop, let alone kill with non-firearms.

Practical Shooting

Practical shooting can be done for many reasons, such as training, or simply practicing how one may aim with different types of firearms. Regardless of the eventual reason one may use a firearm, being properly trained and familiar with firearms is an important aspect of firearm ownership. Also many regions require practice with a firearm before allowing an individual to purchase a specific type of firearm.

Reenactments and Realistic War Games

Reenacting wars is a very large hobby that is growing in popularity. While using lethal firearms is obviously restricted many enthusiasts prefer the most realistic weapons possible. In many cases it is possible to retrofit authentic firearms with non-lethal projectiles that can be used in the types of simulation combat. Paintball, and AirSoft are great examples of the kinds of firearms used in these hobbies.

Target Shooting

Target shooting is often used to improve aim and familiarity with one's firearm as well. This can be done on a firing range, or in an enclosed practice facility. It is very common for would-be hunters, or for law enforcement or the military to engage in target shooting.

Which of the following is NOT one of the "Three Ws" that should be included in every hunting plan?

What firearm you are hunting with.
Who you are with.
When you are returning.
Where you are going.


What technique can be described as "slow, patient movement of the hunter into shooting position after game has been located"?

Stand Hunting
Still Hunting


Which species is there federal hunting laws for?

Wood Duck
Ring-knecked pheasant
Snowshoe hare
White-tailed Deer


Which field carry provides the most firearm control?



Which choice is NOT recommended when approaching downed wildlife?

Approach quietly from behind.
Poke animal gently with a stick.
Touch the eye gently, if there's no reaction, animal is usually dead.
Shoot it again before approaching to make sure it is dead.


What is the technique known as "driving"?

One hunter sitting in a blind waiting for game to come along.
One hunter moving slowly and patiently into shooting position after game has been located.
One or more pushers walk through an area trying to move game ahead of them into areas wehre blockers are waiting.
One hunter driving a vehicle and a second hunter in the back set shooting through the open window.


Scouting an area you want to hunt should include:

Walk around the area on opening day with your firearm or bow.
Walk around the area looking for animal movements and signs.
Look at maps and aerial photos of the area.
Answers B and C.


Which of the following is NOT a reason why you should develop a hunting plan for every hunt?

So friends and family know how to contact you in case of emergency.
So you can use your hunting plan to start a fire if you get lost.
So fellow hunters know where you are located.
So friends and family know where you can be found in case of a hunting accident.


Which of these items should be on every checklist included in your hunting plan?

Hunting license


Which of these does NOT violate a hunting safety rule?

Carrying a loaded firearm in a vehicle.
Keeping your finger on the trigger while stalking game.
Two hunters shooting at the same game.
Identifying what lies beyond an identified target.