Handguns are challenging and quite effective firearms for hunting. Handguns have a much shorter barrel than rifles, though both types of firearms have similar parts. This shorter barrel length makes proper shot placement much more difficult; you’ll definitely need some added patience when using these firearms for hunting. The barrel length also calls for added caution. Be sure the muzzle is always pointed in a safe direction!

Just like rifles, handguns have a variety of action types. This chapter explores the more popular handgun actions available.

Know the law. Before heading out into the field with your handgun, be sure you check local regulations on the use of handguns for hunting.

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