Types of Firearms and How They Work

The following brief videos demonstrate how different types of firearms work.  Whilst all firearms differ, the same principals apply.

Semi-Automatic Pistols

A Semi-Automatic weapon uses the energy of the fired cartridge to cycle the action of the firearm and advance the next available cartridge into position for firing.


A Revolver is a firearm having a revolving chambered cylinder for holding a number of cartridges, which may be discharged in succession without reloading.

 Bolt Action Rifles

A type of repeater firearm action where the handling of cartridges into and out of the weapon’s barrel chamber are operated by manually manipulating the bolt handle.

Lever Action Rifles

A rifle or shotgun action in which the extracting and ejecting of the spent shell case and the successive reloading and recocking of the weapon are accomplished by a hand-operated lever arm in front of the trigger housing.

Assault Rifles

A lightweight rifle developed from the sub-machine gun, which may be set to fire automatically or semi-automatically.



Colt 1911.  Disassemble and Reassemble.

This demonstrates all the parts that make up a typical 1911, and the order in which they are assembled.  Please don’t  try this at home and present us with a box of “spare parts”.