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Terminology & Nomenclature

Handgun – Pistol

Note: This illustration shows the primary characteristics exhibited in the Pistol category. Since pistol configurations differ significantly, various models in this classification may exhibit any of the illustrated components in a revised configuration, but not necessarily all components shown will be incorporated in any one given design.

A diagram showing various parts of a pistol and their defined names: the muzzle, grip safety, ejection port, etc.