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Basic Parts of Modern Firearms

Firearms have a variety of common parts such as barrel, actions and stocks. How a firearm is put together determines the specific type of action, e.g. bolt action rifle.

Take a few minutes to learn the basic parts and functions of modern firearms.

Rifles and shotguns have three main parts: stock, barrel and action.
parts of a firearm

list bullet The stock is used to hold the firearm.
list bullet The barrel is the launching tube.
list bullet The action is used to load, fire and eject the ammunition.

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