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Uses - Applications of Firearms
Uses of Firearms - Learn Cowboy Action Shooting, Paintball, Hunting, Target Shooting
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 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 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.