North Carolina Hunter Safety Course


Chapter 2: Know Your Handguns


A handgun is a very effective and challenging firearm to use for hunting. Though they have similar parts to rifles, handguns have a much shorter barrel, which makes proper shot placement much more difficult. This calls for added patience when using this firearm for hunting. The shorter barrel also calls for added caution - always be sure the muzzle is pointed in a safe direction!

Like rifles, handguns are available in different action types. In this chapter we will explore the more popular handgun actions. Before heading out into the field with your firearm, be sure you check local regulations on the use of handguns for hunting.