Can you identify these well known firearms?

By: J. Reinoehl

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Some guns are so famous or infamous because of where they were used or who used them. Some real-life guns have also become iconic through their movie appearances. How well can you identify these famous firearms? Find out by taking this quiz.

Which of the following uses a bolt-action?

Ruger is an American company that boasts all its weapons are made in the United States. The American Rifle uses a rotary-style magazine to hold four rounds.

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What best-selling Israeli submachine gun had a short barrel that made it accurate to only 50 yards, but had a hardy resistance to mud and water?

Hollywood, gangs, and the U. S. Secret service have all used the Uzi, but the Israelis pulled it from their military frontlines in the 1980s. The Tavor is its current replacement.

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Which weapon was associated with mobsters of the 1920s?

The 1918 Thompson submachine gun was first available commercially in 1921. Many criminals made it popular, and it was given the nickname "Tommy Gun."

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Which machine gun has been produced longer than any other machine gun?

John Browning developed Ma Deuce (or the M2) near the end of the First World War. As a .50 caliber heavy machine gun, it has been used extensively to arm vehicles for battle.

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What was another name for Colt's Single Action Army revolver?

The Colt 45 Peacemaker was popular during the American Western expansion period. Colt was the first to use an assembly line to make its revolvers.

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Which firearm was carried by German soldiers during World War I and most of World War II and is frequently considered a prized war trophy?

The Luger Parabellum has a distinctive slim barrel and full-sized pistol grip. By World War II, they were being booby trapped -- along with many other items -- in an attempt to kill Allied soldiers.

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What type of firearm is the Smith & Wesson .357 Model 27?

Smith & Wesson developed its .357 cartridge and the revolvers that shoot it in an effort to compete with the Colt .38. The cartridge can pierce early ballistic vests and car doors and is slightly more powerful than the .38.

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Which weapon was known as the choice of pirates and had a flared muzzle?

The blunderbuss worked well on ships because of its short range and poor accuracy. With the recoil similar to a shotgun, it was versatile, could fire any small objects (rocks, nails, rods, etc.) and worked well at crowd control.

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What type of firearm would be best for firing sabot slugs?

Sabot slugs are designed with a casing that spins inside a rifled shotgun's muzzle. The spin improves accuracy but, limits the shotgun's versatility.

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Which firearm did Lee Harvey Oswald use to shoot Kennedy?

The Mannlicher-Carcano was found on the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository Building. It had been purchased through the mail from the Klein's Sporting Goods Co. in Chicago, Illinois by A. Hidell, P. O. Box 2915, Dallas, Texas . Oswald had rented the post office box and all the transactions were done in his handwriting.

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What is James Bond's main gun in most films since 1963, such as "Tomorrow Never Dies?"

In the novels, Bond initially used a Beretta 418, until a retired Army Major complained it was a "ladies gun." At that point, Fleming switched to the Walther and that has been his main gun in most of the movies since then.

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Which of the following was not a firearm owned by Theodore Roosevelt?

The Mauser Special Range Rifle was not produced until 1925. Theodore Roosevelt died in 1919. He was an avid gun collector and owned many more than the other three listed here, including a Holland & Holland and Smith & Wesson.

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Buffalo Bill was famous for using which rifle?

William "Buffalo Bill" Cody preferred the Springfield 1866 Trapdoor rifle to other faster firing rifles available at the time. He named it after Lucrezia Borgia, the illegitimate daughter of Pope Alexander VI, femme fatale, and political pawn who lived at the cusp of the 15th and 16th centuries.

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What was the first water-cooled, recoil-operated machine gun?

The Maxim gun was used extensively in colonial warfare and could maintain its rate of fire longer than air-cooled guns. Maxim demonstrated his first prototype in 1884.

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What was the name given to single-shot firearms sold in pairs?

Dueling pistols were sold in pairs in a wooden case and only fired one bullet that was usually muzzle-loaded. Rules stated they were to be smooth-bore (not rifled).

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Which of the following was the first type of hand-held gun?

The Chinese invented hand cannons during the 14th century. They were simply hand held barrels that were muzzle-loaded and a match was passed through a hole in the back of the device to light the powder.

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Which gun did the British use during the American Revolution?

The British Short Land Pattern musket or Brown Bess was 42 inches long and weighed about 10-1/2 pounds. It was also used in the Napoleonic Wars and India.

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Which of the following is the most popular assault rifle worldwide that was used by the Vietcong during the Vietnam War?

The Russians designed the AK-47 to be a cheap, easy-to-use scavenger weapon. Although difficult to repair, they are sturdier than many other assault rifles because of their long-stroke gas system.

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Which gun did Dirty Harry make famous?

The Smith and Wesson Model 29 is a long-barreled, .44 magnum revolver. It was first introduced in 1957.

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Which machine gun was known as "Hitler's Buzzsaw?"

The MG-42 could fire 900-1,500 rounds every minute. However, its effective (accurate) rate of fire is only about 100 rounds per minute.

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Which of the following is attached to a firearm to reduce noise and muzzle flash?

Suppressors, or silencers as some call them, attach to a firearm's muzzle. In addition to reducing the sound and flash, suppressors can also reduce recoil, but their efficiency varies.

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General Patton said which rifle was the greatest ever made?

The M-1 was standard American issue from World War II to Vietnam. It was the first semiautomatic weapon issued by U. S. troops.

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Often considered "Rambo's favorite," what general-purpose machine gun was used in the U. S. military starting in 1957?

Called "the Pig" in part because it was poorly balanced and its ammo belts were weighty, it could shoot 550 rounds of 7.62 mm rounds per minute . It has undergone several design changes since its initial release to fix its flaws, including making the barrel easier to change during battle.

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Which confederate firearm was a revolver with a shotgun beneath the barrel?

The Lemat was created by Jean Alexandre Lemat in New Orleans. Although deadly, it was difficult to manufacture and the parts tended to wear quickly.

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What was the name of the first real machine gun that was used in the Spanish-American War?

Invented by Dr. Richard Gatling, this weapon could fire around 700 .50 caliber rounds every minute. Made in 1862, it saw some action in the Civil War, but was more effective during the Spanish-American War.

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Which of the following pistols was used by the Russian police force from 1951-1991?

The Marakov was one of many involved in a contest to create a handy pistol to replace the Tokarev TT30//33. The Marakov had fewer parts and fewer malfunctions than its competitors. It was based upon the Walther PP, but used a 9.2 x 18 cartridge.

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What gun was Scarface's "little friend?"

Pacino insisted on a real M16 instead of a movie prop, but the M203 grenade launcher that was a prop that was welded on to it.

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This German-made sidearm was a favorite of Winston Churchill and nicknamed the "Broomhandle."

The Mauser C96 was manufactured with a round, broomstick-like handle starting in 1896. Its unique design came with a detachable shoulder stock.

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Which of the following is not a firearm action?

The action loads the ammunition, locks, fires it, and then discharges the cartridges. Because of this, muzzle-loaders do not have one. There is no such thing as a "pulley-action."

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What handgun was used to shoot President Lincoln?

John Wilkes Booth dropped the Deringer pocket pistol in the theatre box before jumping to the stage to escape. The gun is now on display at the Ford's Theatre Museum in the basement, under the box where Lincoln was shot.

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Which gas-powered, semi-automatic pistol is considered the most powerful and can compete with revolvers?

The Desert Eagle is a powerful, highly accurate, Israeli-designed handgun. It is known for jamming, especially when shooters use a Weaver stance..

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What is considered the most popular lever-action rifle of all time?

The Winchester 1894 was a popular model with gun enthusiasts until 1964 when a new management team replaced good looks with cheaper production. Efforts to improve the looks of the lever-action rifle have so far failed, but 7 million have sold throughout most of the world.

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Which of the following semi-automatic handguns were issued to the United States Armed Forces for most of the 20th century?

Of the six companies that submitted designs for semi-automatic handguns, only Colt and Savage resubmitted theirs with the requested corrections. The M1911 was one of the first semi-automatic pistols made by Colt. It was designed by John Browning.

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What did Davy Crockett name one of his .40 caliber flintlock rifles?

Although he probably owned many weapons, four rifles are attributed to Davy Crockett — many which he named "Betsy," after his sister. The .40-caliber flintlock was given to him by his constituents for his service with the Tennessee State Assembly and is currently on display at the Alamo Museum.

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In the movie, "The Matrix," Trinity carries a pair of what pistols?

The Beretta 92 Series began production in 1972 and has undergone several design modifications to make the guns more appealing to military and law enforcement officials. The FS was specifically modified so the slide would not shoot off the frame and at the user, if it cracked under heavy use.

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