[QUIZ] Basic Mechanical Parts of a Semi-Automatic Pistol

[QUIZ] Basic Mechanical Parts of a Semi-Automatic Pistol

We talk a lot about the sear, trigger bar, and striker on our pistols, but can we visually identify them and other internal mechanisms and fundamental parts of our guns. Of course, most of us are not gunsmiths, but still we should have a general idea about the mechanisms of our guns and know the names and functions of the parts. Here’s a basic, introductory visual Quiz to see if you can recognize them. Now to even claim you are above the Novice level for a shooting aficionado, you must get 9 of the 10 correct. I know you can. In the pictures below, for each labeled part that has a letter and/or arrow, place the number of the correct name of each part in the blank beside the letter. HINT: There are a few extra part names you will not use, just to challenge you.  Answers are at the end, but no looking at the answers before you finish the Quiz. Success!

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"Col Ben" is retired with 30 years service in the U.S. Air Force, with joint services Special Ops duty and training, and is Air Force qualified as "Expert" in small arms. He is a Vietnam-era Veteran. Ben is an experienced NRA-Certified Pistol Instructor, NRA Range Safety Officer, and FL Concealed Carry License Instructor. Ben recently wrote the book "Concealed Carry and Handgun Essentials for Personal Protection" (second printing) with 57 comprehensive Chapters about concealed carry and handgun principles, techniques, and tips for both experienced and new shooters. His reference book is endorsed by several organizations and is available on his website at FloridaHandgunsTraining.com. Contact him at ColBFF@gmail.com.
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Bob in Florida

How can I find what I didn’t identify correctly?

Col Ben

Hi Bob. They are attempting to fix this on the website so my answers will be displayed. In the meantime if you want to send me an email, I’ll send you my original article with the answers. My email is ColBFF@gmail.com. Hope this helps you. Be safe!