Being a new firearms owner can have a steep learning curve. For some, the seemingly technical nature is one of the aspects that drew them to firearms. For others, that seemingly critical attention to technical details stood as an obstacle. The reality is that guns are deceivingly simple. Modern semi-auto handguns like the Springfield Hellcat are small, reliable, easy to carry and very easy to shoot. Beyond a solid understanding of responsible gun handling and a way to responsibly store your handgun, there is very little knowledge that should keep you from becoming a gun owner.
Many gun owners revel in knowing all of the nitty-gritty details about the guns that they own (and just about any other gun as well). Firearms ownership can be a fulfilling hobby for some. For others, owning a gun is nothing more than owning a tool to get a job done. There is nothing wrong with either approach.
Tools actually make a solid comparison to firearms in some ways. You don’t have to know the difference between a set of channel locks and a set of diagonal cutters to use them properly. At the same time, understanding some tool vocabulary can help to get the job done.
I’ve worked to teach my children some tool terminology. It never fails that when my body is wedged under the washing machine I discover that I need a 10mm deep socket with a ¼” handle. It is a lot easier to ask one of my munchkins to grab the tool than to Houdini myself out and back into the workspace. To complete their task, they need to have some rudimentary vocabulary in tools.
I feel that the same example applies to guns. At some point all new gun owners have questions. When they do, communication is much simpler when the question is posed in understandable terms. It also makes sense that a gun owner that understands important terms is going to more easily understand the answer given.
Is your gun vocabulary critical? Nope. Can it help you learn and communicate with others? Absolutely.
Beyond knowing the proper terms, you also need to know what the parts of the gun are and what they do. Do you know what a frame and a slide is? How about a slide stop? Do you know how they work? These are important points to understand, and can be daunting to a first-time gun owner.
In the video at the top of the page, I worked to try and compress what I thought was helpful terminology into my overview of semi-auto handguns. My goal was to provide you with a set of important terms that you can use to help bolster your gun vocabulary as well as an understanding of what that terms actually mean. The result is that you will have the terms you need to be able to communicate effectively about semi-auto handguns so that you can continue your learning with your new handgun.
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