Could You Be a Firearms Instructor?

By: Zoe Samuel
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About This Quiz

Firearms are tools. They are deadly tools the right to ownership of which is guaranteed by the United States Constitution. In some parts of the world, firearms are tightly regulated, monitored, and registered. In other parts of the world, conditions are more or less as they were on the American frontier in the 1800s, only today those places are populated with AK-47s and stranger, deadlier weapons.

One thing that is common to any part of the world where the ownership and use of firearms are legal is the importance of competent, safe instruction. A quick perusal of the internet will reveal dozens of videos featuring firearms instructors shooting themselves in the feet, sometimes literally. There are even more videos of people who learned unsafe practices with firearms, hurting themselves through the misuse of pistols, rifles, and shotguns.

Being a teacher means taking some responsibility for the success of one's students, even if there is no legal requirement for this. How would you feel if you showed someone how to use a firearm safely, and they ended up hurting themselves, or someone else? Even though you might not be at fault in a legal sense, you would likely feel some sense of responsibility. Thus, it is important that you consider if you're up to the challenge of being a firearms instructor before considering it as a career option. Do you have what it takes?

How many times have you held a gun?

What do you call the ring around the trigger on most firearms?

Which of these is the most reliable weapon?

When does a firearm exist in a gray area under the law, where it doesn't need to be licensed or registered, depending on the state?

What do you call a shotgun with the barrels arranged vertically?

What do you call the thing that sticks out of the side of a rifle, that the user has to pull in order to chamber a round?

What do you put in a shotgun?

What is buckshot for?

What is another word for "gauge?"

How do you hand a knife to another person?

What direction do you carve with a knife?

What are firearms for?

What is the difference between a revolver and an automatic pistol?

What is the difference between a rifle and an assault rifle?

How often do you drop your mobile phone?

What device do you use to protect your phone from damage?

What actions do you take to keep your phone from being damaged?

What is the first thing you'd do if you were going to repaint your living room?

What do you do before going for a drive?

What do you call the long bit on top of an M1911 that moves back and forth?

What should you do when taking a spill, to keep your neck from being damaged?

How often should you clean a gun?

What is rifling?

How does an automatic load each successive round?

What is a Minié ball?

What is recoil?

Where should a weapon be pointed when you aren't firing it?

When can you treat a firearm as if it isn't loaded?

How many dishes do you break in an average year?

What is the first thing you should do when handed a firearm?

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