Firearm FAQs:

Q: Is a firearm a portable gun - a barreled weapon that launches one or more projectiles?

A: Yes, and often driven by the action of an explosive force.

Q: Are firearms replaced by a completely self-contained explosive charge contained in a small brass "cap"?

A: Yes, The cap was fastened to the touch hole of the gun and ignited by the impact of the gun's "hammer". In the case of percussion caps the hammer was hollow on the end to fit around the cap in order to keep the cap from fragmenting and injuring the shooter.

Q: Is a firearm generally defined as one that continues to load and fire cartridges from its magazine as long as the trigger is depressed?

A: Yes, The first weapon generally considered in this category is the Gatling gun, originally a carriage-mounted, crank-operated firearm with multiple rotating barrels that was fielded in the American Civil War.

Q: Was a firearm loaded through the muzzle with gunpowder, optionally some wadding and then a bullet?

A: Yes, Greatly improved muzzleloaders are manufactured today and have many enthusiasts, many of whom hunt large and small game with their guns.

Q: Are firearms unknown because records have been mistranslated and misquoted?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a firearm one that performs all steps necessary to prepare the it to discharge again after firing—assuming cartridges remain in the weapon's feed device or magazine?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a firearm one that automatically re-cocks?

A: Yes, and reloads, and fires as long as the trigger is depressed.

Q: Are firearms "single shot": i.e.?

A: Yes, and each time a cartridge is fired, the operator must manually re-cock the firearm and load another cartridge.

Q: Were firearms invented about 1250 A.D?

A: Yes, in China when the man-portable fire lance was combined with projectiles such as scrap metal, broken porcelain, or darts/arrows.

Q: Is a firearm a sculpture from a cave in Sichuan?

A: Yes, and China.

Q: Is a firearm capable of firing multiple rounds with one pull of the trigger?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a firearm re-cocked is considered a "repeating firearm" or simply a "repeater"?

A: Yes, A lever-action rifle, a pump-action shotgun, and most bolt-action rifles are good examples of repeating firearms.

Q: Were firearms usually similar to the 19th century Gatling gun?

A: Yes, and which would fire cartridges from a magazine as fast as and as long as the operator turned a crank.

Q: Are firearms the handgun?

A: Yes.

Q: Are firearms usually described by their caliber or in the case of shotguns their gauge?

A: Yes, by the type of action employed together with the usual means of deportment. Further classification may make reference to the type of barrel used and to the barrel length , to the design's primary intended use , or to the commonly accepted name for a particular variation. The word firearms usually is used in a sense restricted to small arms , whereas the word artillery covers larger gunpowder-fired weapons.

Q: Were firearms muzzle-loading?

A: Yes.

Q: Are firearms also categorized by their functioning cycle or "action" which describes its loading?

A: Yes, and firing, and unloading cycle.