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What Are the Different Types of Guns That Exist Today?

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The right to keep and bear arms is a fundamental right in the United States and is protected by the Second Amendment of the Constitution. Close to one-third of Americans (30%) currently own a gun, while a further 36% say that they could see themselves owning a gun in the future.

There are many benefits to owning a gun, including enhancing safety, confidence, and personal responsibility. If you are considering becoming a gun owner or adding to your collection, there are many options to choose from.

In this blog post, we will highlight the different types of guns that exist today. Let’s get started.


A handgun is a short-barrelled firearm that, as the name suggests, can be held and used with one hand. They are an excellent option for people interested in concealed carry as they are compact and light, as well as being accurate.

There are many sub-types of handguns available today, including the semi-automatic pistol and the revolver. Generally, a full-sized handgun features a feature that is 4.5 inches to 5 inches long. Smaller options include compact, sub-compact, and micro-compact handguns.

Interested in learning about gun ownership and concealed handgun licences in Texas? Discover more here.


A rifle is a long-barreled gun that requires two hands to fire and is typically positioned against the shoulder. There are several different types of rifles available, including bolt-action, lever-action, semi-automatic, break-action, and air rifles.

Rifles are popular in hunting and shooting sports, as well as law enforcement, self-defence, and warfare. 


A shotgun is another type of long-barreled gun. It is designed to shoot a straight-walled cartridge that typically discharges spherical sub-projectiles or a single solid projectile.

Some of the different types of shotgun include pump-action, break-action, lever-action, and semi-automatic.

Machine Gun

A machine gun is a fully automatic, rifled autoloading gun. It is designed for sustained direct fire and is mainly used in warfare. The different types of machine guns include submachine guns, heavy machine guns, and light machine guns.

Assault rifles can also be classified as a type of machine gun, though they have several modes including automatic, semi-automatic, and three-shot burst modes. The AK-47 is a famous example of an assault rifle and is there is an estimated 100 million units in existence today.

The Different Types of Guns That Exist Today

Protection is one of the main reasons why people choose to own a gun today. In addition to feeling safer, gun ownership can be rewarding and enjoyable. If you are considering purchasing a gun, the above information will help you to make an informed decision.

Firearm ownership requires responsibility and you should always practice firearm safety. Always remember to follow the laws in your state with regards to gun possession.

Like this blog post on the different types of guns that exist today? Be sure to check out our other informative articles on a wide range of interesting topics.


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