Firearm FAQs:

Q: Is a firearm a portable gun that inflicts damage on targets by launching one or more projectiles driven by rapidly expanding high-pressure gas produced by exothermic combustion of propellant within an ammunition cartridge?

A: Yes.

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 capable of firing multiple rounds with one pull of the trigger?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a firearm the personal defense weapon or PDW?

A: Yes, and which is in simplest terms a submachine gun designed to fire ammunitions with ballistic performance similar to rifle cartridges.

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

A: Yes, and firing, and unloading cycle.

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

A: Yes, and China.

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

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

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: Is a firearm one that performs all steps necessary to prepare it for firing again after a single discharge?

A: Yes, until cartridges are no longer available in the weapon's feed device or magazine.

Q: Are firearms the handgun?

A: Yes.

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 muzzle-loading?

A: Yes.

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 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.