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A weapon—e.g., pistol, rifle, shotgun—that uses an explosive charge to propel a projectile—e.g., bullet or shot
Muzzle velocity of the projectile (bullet) is determined by the quality (burn speed, expansion) and quantity of the propellant, ranging from 330 m/sec for some pistols to 1800 m/sec for anti-tank guns
Calibre Range from 0.22 to 7.62x51mm
Statistics Deaths—US, 2006: 30,900; 55% were suicides, 43% homicides; 2% accidents

firearm

Public health A weapon–eg, pistol, rifle, shotgun, that uses an explosive charge to propel a projectile–eg bullet or shot Statistics 330,000 deaths 1980-1989–US; of 35,000 gun-related deaths–US, 1989, 52% were suicides, 42% homicides; from 1960 to 1980, there was a 100% ↑ in homicide rate, and 150% ↑ in homicide by firearm; from 1933 to 1982, rate of suicides by firearms ↑ 139%. See Ballistics, Black Talon bullet, Drive-by shooting, Shotgun.

firearm

(fīr′ărm″)
A small, portable gun (e.g., a pistol or a rifle) or handheld weapon that uses explosive materials to propel an object toward a person, place, or target at high speed. More firearm-related injuries and deaths occur in the U.S. than in any other industrialized nation. Most of these are among young males, esp. those between 15 and 24 years old.
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The gunfight continued for some time during which a top militant commander of Hizbul Mujahideen was also killed, according to police.
To survive the typical law enforcement gunfight, the officer must not only have a ready weapon, but also a draw stroke that allows him or her to present the weapon and deliver accurate rounds.
I've talked to guys who survived shooting weak-hand who would have been killed otherwise because their strong hand was out of commission, and can't help but notice that in some 40 years of NYPD gunfights, 38 percent or more have been 1-handed shooting events.
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It is therefore wiser to "keep a knife in a gunfight.
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an improvised explosive device after a brief gunfight with motorcycle-riding men, the military said on Sunday.