Minnesota Adult Hunter Safety Course


Chapter 15: Know Your Handguns

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.

Goals for This Chapter

You might have to show the following skills and/or knowledge at the Optional Field Day:

NOTE - the numbers listed below correspond the the program objectives listed on the "Firearms Safety Education Program" print-out, available in your exam center.

  • [7.3.1] Name the three basic parts found on all handguns
  • [7.3.2] Identify the different types of handgun actions, and how to determine whether each is loaded
  • [7.3.3] Explain the differences between single action and double action revolvers
  • [7.3.4] Explain how to properly load each type of handgun