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Solutions for your firearm problems


When you run into an issue with a firearm, figuring out the next course of action can be a challenge. Even if it doesn’t occur to you to take a step back and ask: “What are firearms, anyway?,”the question is one that's well worth asking.


By definition, a firearm is a mechanical device designed for the purpose of shooting projectiles through a tube, with gunpowder or another explosive component acting as the catalyst. Remembering the underlying concepts involved may help you figure out what ails your weapon.


Modern day firearms can typically be broken down into three groups of components:


  • The action – This area is where the main function of the firearm takes place, with the parts responsible for loading, firing, and expelling shells.
  • The stock – This component is intended to be the support structure for the weapon
  • The barrel – This is the tube through which the projectiles are fired

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Asking firearm questions on JustAnswer


Some of the firearm issues and inquiries already handled by the Experts on JustAnswer include:


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