Florida Hunter Safety Course



A handgun is a very challenging firearm to use when hunting. Some prefer it to a rifle or shotgun, because while it demands added patience, hunting with it can be a very satisfying experience. Let's look at the parts and various actions available.

Parts of a Handgun

1. Barrel


The tube-shaped part of the handgun through which a bullet is fired. The barrel is attached to the frame and can vary in length. The longer the barrel, the more accurate the handgun will be in hitting a target.


2. Frame


The part of the handgun that all other parts are attached to or housed in.


3. Action


The action on a handgun loads, fires and ejects a cartridge.