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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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Aug 9: Three militants Zahid Ahmed Bhat from Nawdal Tral, Ishfaq Ahmed from Batgund Tral and Mohammad Ashraf Dar from Trich Pulwama were killed in a gunfight at Gulab Bagh Tral while a civilian Mohammad Younis of Saimou Tral was killed in Government Forces firing.
The gunfight is now over and the efforts to complete surrender negotiations continue.
This was the first gunfight in Sopore or its neighbourhood in the past nine months.
According to Rosenfeld, after the gunfight broke out, the man took a hostage but killed himself before the standoff could reach a head.
We all agree a shooting match is not a gunfight--but we all have to remember a gunfight is a shooting match.
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.
COLOMBO (TAP) - At least 27 people were killed and a senior police officer seriously wounded when a gunfight broke out in Welikada, Sri Lanka's biggest prison, which began when police came under fire from inmates, officials and police said on Saturday.
In my new book Combat Shooting from the Gun Digest folks, I make the point that, "A shooting match is not a gunfight, but a gunfight most definitely is a shooting match." It follows the person most acclimated to shooting fast and straight under pressure is going to have an advantage, whether the stakes on the table are a trophy or survival.
He also killed Ali Bektas and injured two other men with a firearm in the gunfight in the Aegean seaside town of Foca.
Col Richard Szafranski's article "The First Rule of Modern Warfare: Never Bring a Knife to a Gunfight" (Winter 2005) has made me think.
The robber, Geoffrey Webb, threatened Soustek, and so Soustek grabbed his own pistol, kicking off a gunfight. Both men were hit by bullets, but Soustek was the one still on his feet when the shooting stopped.