2A little history lesson. Wham! Bam! Thank you, China! Gunpowder first appeared in use in China over a thousand years ago.It was used primarily in firecrackers, but used only sparingly in weapons for military use (cannons).The knowledge of gunpowder manufacturing spread to Europe in the 14th century.The Europeans then realized how much damage a projectile can do to a knight’s armor or a fortification.This led to the development of firearms, and then the use of firearms proliferated rapidly.
4Gunpowder (Black Powder) Gunpowder, made of a mixture ofsulfur,charcoal, andsaltpeter (potassium nitrite: KNO3)The explosive force is due to the result of a little chemistry1 mole of solid powder combustion 6 moles of gasThis rapid expansion in the enclosed space of a metal tube is used to drive a projectile at high speed in a specified direction.Modern gunpowder is a more refined version of the primitive gun powder .In modern gun powder, the chemical composition has been altered to provide the greatest expansion with the smallest quantity of gun powder and the least amount of residue.
5Guns work much like cannons A cannon is just a metal tube.The tube has a closed rear end (breech) and an open front end (bore).The closed end has a small fuse hole (A).Gunpowder (C) is placed in the breech and then cannonball (B) is inserted.The gunpowder and cannonball sit in the breech.A fuse is lit, the flame travels along the fuse and finally reaches the gunpowder.The ignited gunpowder burns rapidly, thus producing a lot of hot gas.The hot gas applies a much greater pressure on the powder side of the cannonball.The cannonball is propelled out of the cannon at high speed.
7Manual, Semi-automatic and Automatic In manual guns, the user must insert a round into the chamber, either manually or through the action of the weapon (e.g. levers, pumps, etc), between shots.In semi-automatics, a trigger pull is needed per round fired. For example, to fire ten rounds in a semi-automatic firearm, the trigger would need to be pulled ten times.In contrast, a fully automatic firearm can continue to fire as long as the trigger is held pulled or until it runs out of ammunition.
8The 1st handheld guns were essentially mini-cannons: gunpowder, a steel ball & lit a fuse
9Need for Speed War typically yields improved weapons technology. In the late 1800’s, the revolver quickly became popular due to its size & quick loading.It only had to be reloaded every 5-6 shots instead of after each shot.
10Enter the handgun, not cannon Handguns have reigned supreme for the past 200 years.They remain the most popular and readily available firearm.
12Basic Anatomy of the Handgun ActionMuzzleChamberBarrelHammerMagazine(Clip)BoreCaliberRifling
13Just Pull the Trigger Pulling the trigger releases the firing pin… The firing pin strikes the primer…The primer ignites the gun powder…The powder generates gas…The gas propels the bullet forward through the barrel…The spent cartridge case is ejected…The process may be repeated.
21How Guns Fire The cartridge goes into chamber Cartridge in chamber Firing pin forcefully strikes primerPrimer explodes, ignites powderGas from burning powder expands in cartridgeGas pushes bullet out with forceSpeeding bullet exits barrelBullet and escaping gases make the "BANG”
24Components of a Bullet Cartridge Bullet –the projectile that is loaded into a cartridge and fired from a firearm. Only the projectile is fired from the gunCartridge –This is a self-contained unit that includes an outer casing, projectile (bullet), propellant (gunpowder), and primer (source of ignition). The spent cartridge is ejected from the weapon.Cartridge casing –usually made of brass, steel and aluminum. Better quality cases can be reloaded and reused.Primer – The primer fits into the butt of the cartridge casing or shotgun shell. It contains an explosive chemical that explodes when a firing pin is slammed into it. This collision causes the primer to explode and ignite the gunpowder. Jacket – The metal covering over a bullet that overlies a core of different consistency. Jackets are used to manipulate the degree of deformation that occurs upon impact.
27More about bullets Bullets come in many shapes and sizes They are made of either soft metals, like lead or hard ones, like bronze.They can behard if they are solid,or soft, if they have a hollowed tip (hollow-point or hollow-tip).They are either partially or completely covered by a jacket – usually made of copper.(Hence the phrase “Full Metal Jacket”)
28Solid BulletsMade of bronze, copper-nickel alloys
29Soft-point Bullet a.k.a soft-nose bullet A soft-point bullet, also known as a soft-nosed bullet, is a lead bullet with a copper or brass jacket that is left open at the tip, exposing some of the lead inside.
30Hollow-point bullets a.k.a. hollow-nose Contain a hollow in the tipHollow-tip bullets are designed to “mushroom” upon impact - to cause more tissue damage – used for hunting.They can be partially jacketed (soft-point) or fully jacketedFull metal jacket hollow noseSoft-point hollow nose
31Rim-fire vs. Center-fire Cartridges Center-fire cartridges are usually more powerful than rim-fire ones.
37What is a Caliber?The inside diameter of the barrel of a firearm is called the caliberThe word caliber is used to differentiate bullets according to their diameter and the guns by the bullet size they fire.The final number is represented as 1/100th of the actual diameter (inches).A 32 caliber bullet has a diameter of 0.32 inches. It is generally referred to as a “thirty-two caliber".Europeans are metric, so bullet calibers are expressed as mm. For example, a 9mm bullet.