The Different Types of Guns to Include in Your Online Gun Shop

An individual’s choice of a firearm will vary depending on their needs or concerns and their decision of which weapon to purchase first will go on to shape their buyer’s journey down the line. Regardless of whether you’re a veteran firearm enthusiast, or a budding gun lover, having a clear idea of which types of guns sell will help get your online gun business off to a good start.

As an online arms dealer, choosing the types of guns to include in your online shop is one of the very first things you should take into consideration. There are countless types of handguns, cool/trendy guns, small guns, and modern firearms that are normally at the top of “most popular guns” lists. 

Today, we go over various types of guns and firearms you ought to remember to include in your online gun shop. While listing out possible products, make certain to brainstorm accompanying accessories for those products such as gun slings, bullets, carrying cases, or mounted cameras for hunting. Taking into consideration your target consumer’s habits will help the conceptualization process.

Types of Handguns

The name is pretty self-explanatory ─ “handguns” are guns designed to be fired from a single hand. Easy to hold and easy to conceal carry, these small guns can be even further divided into two distinct major classifications, pistols and revolvers. 

Types of Pistols

All Pistols are handguns but not all handguns are pistols. Quoting the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives: 

“The term ‘pistol’ means a weapon originally designed, made and intended to fire a projectile (bullet) from one or more barrels when held in one hand, and having:

  • a chamber(s) as an integral part(s) of, or permanently aligned with, the bore(s);
  • and a short stock designed to be gripped by one hand at an angle to and extending below the line of the bore(s).”
  • Common examples of pistols include the Glock, Smith & Wesson M&P, and SIG Sauer P320.

Ammunition is fed to the chamber through the means of a separate “magazine.”  

There are two common types of pistols: single-shot pistols, and semi-automatic pistols.

Single-shot pistols

Single-shot pistols aren’t the most ideal single-shot handgun. A rifle or shotgun are much more powerful but depending on the customer's needs, single-shot handguns are an ideal choice for beginners, marksmen, and everyone in between.

The handgun began as a single-shot firearm in 14th Century China. In its many versions, it was constantly a muzzle-loaded weapon until the advent of the metallic cartridge in the first third of the 18th century. Such single-shot cartridge-firing pistols were short-lived, as revolver technology evolved rapidly, and cartridge conversions existed for the common models of cap and ball revolvers. Two forms of a single-shot pistol, however, remained: single-shot derringers, and target pistols, which were essentially single-shot rifle actions cut down to pistol size. 

As the era of single-shot rifles faded, so did these early single-shot pistols. 

Some popular modern firearms include ALTOR Pistol 9mm and the Lifecard 22LR Pistol.

Semi-automatic pistols

These are a type of gun that utilizes the vitality of the shot cartridge to cycle the activity of the gun and advance the following accessible cartridge into a position for shooting. One cartridge is shot each time the trigger of a semi-automatic pistol is pulled; the gun's discharge control framework guarantees this conduct by separating the trigger instrument from the shooting pin/striker until the trigger has been reset.

Extra terms utilized as equivalent words for a semi-automatic pistol are automatic pistol, self-loading pistol, auto pistol, and autoloading pistol.

A semi-automatic pistol harnesses the vitality of one shot to reload the load for the next shot. After a round is discharged, the spent casing is launched out and another round from the magazine is loaded into the chamber, permitting another shot to be discharged when the trigger is pulled again.

Most sorts of semi-automatic pistols depend on a removable magazine to store ammo before it is discharged, for the most part, embedded inside the grasp.

Popular semi-automatic pistols: ATI GSG 1911, SIG P320 M17, GLOCK 19 - G19, GLOCK 17 - G17 and GLOCK 43 - G43.

Types of Revolvers

For the most part, revolvers - even the best revolvers ever designed - are no longer the favorite handgun among enthusiasts. At the present time, you'll find semi-autos just about everywhere, from sheriffs' belts to the hands of serious competitive shooters and the bedside gun safes of homeowners.

A good revolver can deal with pretty much anything nature and rough handling firearm owners can toss at it. Controlled by human muscle rather than energy harnessed from the detonating cartridge itself, revolvers will, in general, be more reliable than semi-autos. They're not finicky about case length, powder charge, bullet nose profile, and so forth, as many semi-autos are. On the off chance, you can force an inappropriate-caliber cartridge into the chamber, a revolver will obediently fire that cartridge. What’s more, your revolver will never transform into a one-shooter because you've coincidentally lost the magazine.

Popular types of revolvers include Ruger GP100, AR556 RUGER, COLT M1991, J-framed Smith & Wesson Model 442.

Types of Rifles

A rifle usually has the following characteristics:

  • Fired with two hands
  • Braced against the shoulder
  • Fires only one projectile with each pull of the trigger
  • The barrel has rifling which helps spin and stabilizes the bullet
  • The barrel length of over 16 inches

There are four basic types of rifles: Bolt-action, Lever-action, Pump-action, and Semi-Automatic.

Bolt-Action Rifles

Bolt action is a type of firearm action where the switching of cartridges into and out of the weapon's barrel load is worked by physically manipulating the bolt directly by means of a bolt handle, which is normally set on the right-hand side of the weapon (as most users are right-handed). When the handle is worked, the bolt is opened from the receiver and pulled rearward to unlock the breech permitting the empty cartridge case to be removed and shot out, the discharging pin within the bolt is positioned (either on opening or shutting of the bolt depending on the firearm’s design) and engages the sear. At that point, upon the bolt being pushed back, another cartridge is stacked into the chamber, and lastly, the breech is shut tight by the bolt re-locking against the receiver.

Bolt action is considered the strongest of all actions and is able to accommodate long cartridges such as the .375 H&H. It generally also has the best, most accurate triggers, and strongest extraction while also being incredibly reliable.

In modern military and law enforcement use, the bolt action has been mostly replaced by semi-automatic and selective-fire firearms, but there is a select number of enthusiasts that continue the use of the bolt-action rifle.

A popular bolt-action rifle is the MOSSBERG PATRIOT.

Lever-action Rifles

Lever-actions are often hailed as “America’s Rifle”. Americans have a rich history with these types of firearms, a popular gun often shown in the hands and holsters of cowboys. For all that, what was once the ideal hunting rifle has since withered into obscurity. It was long ago beaten by the bolt action, whose greater precision and power won over the hearts, minds, and wallets of new gun users. The lever has also suffered from current worship of long-range shooting, plus the fact that hunters now hunt deer from trees, where its capable handling qualities are not appreciated.

Despite its loss in popularity, it’s far from obsolete. The lever action’s very simple, very reliable build still gains its praises from many enthusiasts. Some, such as the Marlin levers and the Savage 99, have great triggers, as well as incredible accuracy. With a little practice, they can be very fast to operate. Most lever-actions balance very well, are easy to carry, and quick to get on target.

A popular rifle is the MARLIN 336.

Pump-action Rifles

Also called "slide-action" are a class of rifles that are distinguished in the way in which spent shells are extracted and fresh ones are chambered. The firearm has a single barrel above a tube magazine into which shells are fixed. New shells are chambered by pulling a pump handle attached to the tube magazine toward the user, then pushing it back into place to chamber the cartridge (in a few cases this action is reversed). Fore-ends are replaceable, and modern ones may include a pistol grip for a more secure hold, Picatinny rails, or a tactical light.

If you need a rifle with speed, reliability, and low maintenance, here’s the one. Right now, Remington and Krieghoff make the only pump-action centerfires, but the Krieghoff Semprio is a very expensive and sophisticated rifle that belongs in a category of its own. Another popular rifle is the Remington MODEL 7600.

Semi-Automatic Rifles

Semi-automatic rifles are a type of self-loading repeating rifle whose action will automatically cycle (hence the name). They automatically eject and rechamber a new round after each shot, but the user must manually release the trigger and recock the sear and hammer before pulling again to fire another shot. Only one round can be discharged with each pull of the trigger.

Contrarily, a fully automatic rifle both cycles the cartridges and the hammer/striker automatically (the trigger maintains the sear detached). Keeping the trigger in the firing pose will make the gun to continuously fire until the trigger is released or the cartridges are wholly emptied.

Rapid recurring shots are a major benefit to these types of guns, even if you don’t practice with it. They’re also as strong as bolt-actions since they use the same kind of lockup.

Mostly decent accuracy. In the case of the best ARs, they are as accurate as the best bolts.

Popular rifles: BUSHMASTER XM-15 QRC S&W M&P-15-22 SPORT

Types of Shotguns

Also called Scatterguns, shotguns are normally intended to be discharged from the shoulder, which uses the energy of a fixed shell to shoot various little round pellets called shot, or a solid projectile called a slug. Shotguns are made in a wide assortment of sizes, ranging from 5.5 mm (.22 inch) bore up to 5 cm (2.0 in) bore. 

Shotguns have smooth barrels to fire a variety of different ammunition. The mishmash of federal and state laws show shotguns to have:

  • Fired with two hands while braced against the shoulder
  • Fires once per pull of the trigger
  • Smooth barrel
  • The barrel length of over 18 inches

Popular Shotguns: MOSSBERG 500, Remington Model 870

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