Rifle FAQs:


Q: Is a rifle a firearm designed to be fired from the shoulder?

A: Yes, and with a barrel that has a helical groove or pattern of grooves cut into the barrel walls.

Q: Was a rifle invented in the mid-1800s?

A: Yes.

Q: Were rifles much more prone to problems due to powder fouling the barrel and because they took longer to reload and fire than muskets?

A: Yes.

Q: Are rifles the most common firearm in general use for hunting purposes?

A: Yes, Rifles derived from military designs have long been popular with civilian shooters.

Q: Is a rifle often a single shot .22 caliber rifle?

A: Yes, or a bolt action rifle, although some youth rifles are semi-automatic.

Q: Were rifles limited to use by sharpshooters and non-military uses like hunting?

A: Yes.

Q: Were rifles introduced with the German Dreyse Needle gun?

A: Yes, and followed by the French Tabatière in 1857 the British Calisher and Terry carbine made in Birmingham and later in 1864 and the more well known British Snider–Enfield.

Q: Were rifles initially single-shot?

A: Yes, and muzzle-loading weapons.

Q: Was a rifle used for precise shooting?

A: Yes, and to aim and fire at individual targets instead of the musket's use for imprecise fire.

Q: Are rifles fed by magazines?

A: Yes, while machine guns are generally belt-fed.

Q: Are rifles used in warfare?

A: Yes, and hunting and shooting sports.

Q: Was a rifle called a "rifled gun"?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a rifle optimized for ranges of 300 m or less?

A: Yes, and soldiers are trained to deliver individual rounds or bursts of fire within these distances.

Q: Were rifles used by sharpshooters who did not routinely fire over other men's shoulders?

A: Yes, and long length was not required to avoid the forward line.

Q: Is a rifle an individual weapon?

A: Yes.

Q: Was a rifle the first such type designed to spin the round for accuracy?

A: Yes.

Q: Are rifles much more resistant to wear?

A: Yes, and allowing many thousands of rounds to be fired before accuracy drops.

Q: Were rifles chambered in .30 caliber?

A: Yes, and a combination of power and speed.

Q: Were rifles commonly used by frontiersmen?

A: Yes, and Congress authorized the establishment of ten companies of riflemen.

Q: Are rifles capable of firing more than one round per trigger squeeze?

A: Yes, some fire in a fully automatic mode and others are limited to fixed bursts of two, three, or more rounds per squeeze.

Q: Were rifles an attempt to increase the rate of fire of rifles by combining them with the revolving firing mechanism that had been developed earlier for revolving pistols?

A: Yes.

Q: Was a rifle paralleled by Britain's ten-shot Lee–Enfield and America's 1903 Springfield Rifle models?

A: Yes.

Q: Was a rifle a breech-loading manually operated lever action rifle that was adopted by the United States?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a rifle a rifle designed or modified for fitting children?

A: Yes, or small-framed shooters.

Q: Were rifles created as an improvement in the accuracy of smooth bore muskets?

A: Yes.

Q: Were rifles generally single-shot?

A: Yes, and breech-loading — designed for aimed, discretionary fire by individual soldiers.