New York Hunter Safety Course


Chapter Summary

You should now have a better understanding of different handgun types and how they operate. Let's review the important points to take away from this chapter.

  • All handguns have three basic parts: The barrel, the frame and the action.
  • Like rifles and shotguns, the action of a handgun is the part that loads, fires and ejects a cartridge.
Handgun Actions
  • You should know the four different types of handgun actions, and how they operate: double-action revolver, single-action revolver, break (or hinge) action, and the semi-automatic pistol.
  • Though the single action revolver and double action revolver look similar, only the double action revolver can be fired by a pull of the trigger, which will both cock and drop the hammer. In a single action revolver, you must manually cock the hammer before you can pull the trigger.
Empty Chamber
  • As a safety precaution when carrying a revolver, always make sure that the hammer is resting on an empty chamber.
  • Only the semi-automatic pistol may be equipped with a mechanical safety.