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  • 1. 

    Which of the following components of a handgun is responsible for containing the explosion of the gunpowder and directing the projectile out of the firearm?

    • A.

      Magazine

    • B.

      Barrel

    Correct Answer
    B. Barrel
    Explanation
    The barrel of a handgun is the component responsible for containing the explosion of the gunpowder and directing the projectile (bullet) out of the firearm. The hammer strikes the firing pin or primer to ignite the gunpowder, the magazine holds the ammunition, and the trigger is pulled to release the hammer or firing pin. The barrel ensures the bullet travels in the desired direction with accuracy.

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  • 2. 

    Deadly force can be used

    • A.

      To prevent damage to property

    • B.

      To prevent serious bodily harm

    • C.

      To prevent someone from stealing your automobile.  

    • D.

      It is governed by the laws of a particular jurisdiction.

    Correct Answer
    D. It is governed by the laws of a particular jurisdiction.
    Explanation
    The use of deadly force is typically governed by the laws of a particular jurisdiction, and it can vary significantly from place to place. In general, deadly force is often considered justifiable in self-defense or defense of others when there is an immediate threat of serious bodily harm or death. Using deadly force to prevent damage to property or to prevent someone from stealing your automobile is generally not considered justifiable and may be illegal in many jurisdictions.

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  • 3. 

    You can release the slide using the

    • A.

      Magazine release

    • B.

      Slide release

    • C.

      Safety or decocker

    Correct Answer
    B. Slide release
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Slide release." The slide release is a mechanism on a firearm that allows the user to release the slide and chamber a new round into the firearm. It is typically located on the side of the gun and is used to manually release the slide after it has been locked back. This allows for faster reloading and chambering of a new round without having to manually pull back the slide. The other options listed, such as the magazine release and safety or decocker, are not directly related to releasing the slide.

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  • 4. 

    One of the three things that can damage your ammunition is

    • A.

      Transporting in the trunk of a car.

    • B.

      Moisture.

    • C.

      Leaving it in its original box.

    Correct Answer
    B. Moisture.
    Explanation
    Moisture can damage ammunition because it can cause corrosion and rusting. When moisture comes into contact with the metal components of the ammunition, it can lead to degradation and compromise its performance. Moisture can also affect the gunpowder inside the ammunition, causing it to become less stable and potentially unreliable. Therefore, it is important to store ammunition in a dry environment to prevent any moisture-related damage.

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  • 5. 

    Dry firing is a good way to practice the shooting fundamentals.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Dry firing, which is practicing shooting without live ammunition, is indeed a good way to practice shooting fundamentals. It allows shooters to focus on their technique, such as grip, stance, sight alignment, and trigger control, without the distractions and recoil of live rounds. Dry firing also helps in developing muscle memory, improving accuracy, and increasing confidence. Additionally, it is a safe and cost-effective method of practicing shooting skills. Therefore, the statement is correct.

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  • 6. 

    The ends of a barrel are called?

    • A.

      Muzzle and Chamber end

    • B.

      Front and back end

    • C.

      A hole down the middle called the caliber

    Correct Answer
    A. Muzzle and Chamber end
    Explanation
    The ends of a barrel are called the muzzle and chamber end. The muzzle end refers to the front end of the barrel where the projectile exits, while the chamber end is the back end where the ammunition is loaded and fired. The other options mentioned, front and back end, and a hole down the middle called the caliber, do not accurately describe the ends of a barrel.

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  • 7. 

    You can always trust the safety or decocker because they never fail.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The statement is false because no mechanical device is completely infallible. While safeties and decockers are designed to be reliable, there is always a small chance of failure. It is important to handle firearms with caution and not solely rely on these mechanisms for safety.

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  • 8. 

    Keep your finger off the trigger and alongside the frame until you are ready to shoot is one of the top four safety rules.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    This statement is true because keeping your finger off the trigger and alongside the frame until you are ready to shoot is an essential safety practice when handling firearms. By doing so, you minimize the risk of accidental discharge and ensure that the gun is only fired intentionally and when it is safe to do so. This rule helps prevent accidental injuries and promotes responsible gun handling.

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  • 9. 

    When shooting you should always focus on:

    • A.

      The target

    • B.

      The rear sight

    • C.

      The front sight

    Correct Answer
    C. The front sight
    Explanation
    When shooting, it is important to focus on the front sight. This is because the front sight is used to align the target and the rear sight, ensuring accuracy. By keeping the front sight in sharp focus, the shooter can maintain proper aim and make necessary adjustments to hit the target accurately. Focusing on the target or the rear sight alone may result in misalignment and poor shooting accuracy.

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  • 10. 

    Which of the following is False?

    • A.

      Always keep your gun unloaded until you are ready to use it.

    • B.

      You are allowed to leave a loaded gun lying around as long as there are not children nearby.

    • C.

      Make certain you use the correct ammunition for your firearm.

    Correct Answer
    B. You are allowed to leave a loaded gun lying around as long as there are not children nearby.
    Explanation
    Leaving a loaded gun lying around, even if there are no children nearby, is not a safe practice. It is important to always store firearms safely and securely, regardless of whether there are children present or not. Leaving a loaded gun accessible increases the risk of accidents, theft, or unauthorized use. It is crucial to follow proper gun safety protocols, which include keeping guns unloaded until ready to use, storing them in a locked container or safe, and using the correct ammunition for the firearm.

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  • 11. 

    As long as you are careful you can clean your firearm in the same place you keep your ammunition?

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    It is not safe to clean a firearm in the same place where ammunition is stored, even if one is careful. Separating the two activities is important to prevent accidents or unintentional discharge of the firearm. Keeping ammunition and cleaning supplies in separate locations reduces the risk of mishandling or confusion, ensuring the safety of both the individual and their surroundings.

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  • 12. 

    The most obvious form of Dispute Resolution is Avoidance.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Dispute resolution refers to the methods or processes used to resolve conflicts or disagreements. Avoidance is considered the most obvious form of dispute resolution because it involves preventing disputes from occurring in the first place. By avoiding conflicts, individuals or parties can save time, effort, and resources that would otherwise be spent on resolving disputes through other means such as negotiation, mediation, or litigation. Therefore, the statement "The most obvious form of Dispute Resolution is Avoidance" is true.

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  • 13. 

    The two most important shooting fundamentals are:

    • A.

      Trigger Control and Breath Control

    • B.

      Aiming and Trigger Control

    • C.

      Grip and Aiming

    Correct Answer
    B. Aiming and Trigger Control
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Aiming and Trigger Control. Aiming refers to the ability to align the sights of the firearm with the target, ensuring accuracy. Trigger Control refers to the skill of smoothly and steadily pressing the trigger without disturbing the aim, which helps in maintaining accuracy and preventing jerking or flinching. These two fundamentals are crucial in shooting as they work together to ensure precise and consistent shots.

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  • 14. 

    When loading a revolver you should first:

    • A.

      Open the chamber

    • B.

      Point the gun in a safe direction

    • C.

      Cock the hammer

    Correct Answer
    B. Point the gun in a safe direction
    Explanation
    When loading a revolver, the first step should always be to point the gun in a safe direction. This is crucial to ensure the safety of yourself and others around you. By pointing the gun in a safe direction, you minimize the risk of any accidental discharge causing harm or damage. Once the gun is pointed in a safe direction, you can then proceed with opening the chamber and cocking the hammer to load the revolver.

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  • 15. 

    What is the most important firearm safety rule?

    • A.

      Keep your finger off the trigger.

    • B.

      Use the correct ammo for your firearm.

    • C.

      Always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.

    Correct Answer
    C. Always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.
    Explanation
    The most important firearm safety rule is to always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction. This means that the muzzle of the firearm should be pointed away from any people or objects that you do not intend to shoot. By following this rule, you can minimize the risk of accidental discharge and ensure that any potential harm is directed away from yourself and others. Keeping the gun pointed in a safe direction is a fundamental principle of responsible firearm handling and helps prevent accidents and injuries.

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  • 16. 

    You should consult an attorney for specific questions regarding CCW Laws.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The statement suggests that consulting an attorney is necessary for specific questions regarding CCW (Carrying a Concealed Weapon) Laws. This is true because CCW Laws can vary from state to state, and it is important to seek legal advice from an attorney who is knowledgeable about the specific laws in your jurisdiction. They can provide accurate and up-to-date information and guidance on matters related to CCW Laws, ensuring that you are well-informed and compliant with the law.

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  • 17. 

    Which of the following is one of the three common components of handguns?

    • A.

      Hammer

    • B.

      Trigger Guard

    • C.

      Frame

    Correct Answer
    C. Frame
    Explanation
    The frame is one of the three common components of handguns. It is the central structure that holds all the other parts together, providing stability and support. The frame also houses the firing mechanism and the barrel, making it an essential component for the functioning of the handgun. Without a frame, the other components would not be able to work together effectively.

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  • 18. 

    Leaving a loaded gun lying around violates which safety rule?

    • A.

      Keep your gun unloaded until ready to use.

    • B.

      Keep your gun pointed in a safe direction.

    • C.

      Store guns and ammo separately.

    Correct Answer
    A. Keep your gun unloaded until ready to use.
    Explanation
    Leaving a loaded gun lying around violates the safety rule of keeping your gun unloaded until ready to use. This rule emphasizes the importance of ensuring that firearms are not loaded when they are not in use to prevent accidental discharge and potential harm to oneself or others. By keeping guns unloaded when not in use, the risk of accidents or unauthorized use is significantly reduced, promoting a safer environment.

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  • 19. 

    The Castle Doctrine means you do not have a duty to retreat

    • A.

      In your own home.

    • B.

      At a party at your friend's house.

    • C.

      In a castle.

    Correct Answer
    A. In your own home.
    Explanation
    The Castle Doctrine refers to a legal principle that allows individuals to use force, including deadly force, to defend themselves within their own homes without the obligation to retreat. This means that if someone unlawfully enters your home, you are not required to try and escape or retreat before using force to protect yourself or others. This principle recognizes the fundamental right to self-defense and the importance of feeling safe and secure within one's own residence.

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  • 20. 

    An unloaded, safe semi auto should have the

    • A.

      Safety on.

    • B.

      Slide locked to the rear and magazine unloaded.

    • C.

      Slide closed with no ammo in the magazine.

    Correct Answer
    B. Slide locked to the rear and magazine unloaded.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Slide locked to the rear and magazine unloaded." This is because when a semi-automatic firearm is unloaded and safe, the slide should be locked to the rear, indicating that there is no round in the chamber. Additionally, the magazine should be removed from the firearm to ensure that there are no rounds ready to be loaded. This combination of actions ensures that the firearm is in a safe condition and cannot be fired accidentally.

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  • 21. 

    The bore of the barrel should match the diameter of the bullet.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The bore of the barrel should match the diameter of the bullet in order to ensure proper accuracy and performance. When the bore and bullet diameter are matched, it allows for a better seal, which helps to prevent gas leakage and increase the velocity of the bullet. Additionally, a proper match between the bore and bullet diameter helps to reduce the chance of the bullet tumbling or wobbling as it travels down the barrel, resulting in more consistent and accurate shots.

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  • 22. 

    Aiming consists of:

    • A.

      Sight alignment and sight picture.

    • B.

      Sight picture and the dominant eye.

    • C.

      Sight alignment and the dominant eye.

    Correct Answer
    A. Sight alignment and sight picture.
    Explanation
    Aiming consists of sight alignment and sight picture. Sight alignment refers to the proper alignment of the front and rear sights of a firearm, while sight picture refers to the alignment of the sights with the target. Both sight alignment and sight picture are essential for accurate aiming.

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  • 23. 

    If you are stopped by a law enforcement officer while carrying a firearm you should promptly

    • A.

      Put your hands up.

    • B.

      Show the officer your concealed handgun.

    • C.

      Immediately inform the officer you have a concealed carry handgun.

    Correct Answer
    C. Immediately inform the officer you have a concealed carry handgun.
    Explanation
    When stopped by a law enforcement officer while carrying a firearm, it is important to immediately inform the officer that you have a concealed carry handgun. This is the correct answer because it is crucial to be transparent and honest about the presence of a firearm to ensure the safety of both the officer and yourself. By promptly informing the officer, you demonstrate respect for the law and help establish a calm and controlled situation.

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  • 24. 

    The three main parts of a handgun are called

    • A.

      Frame, Barrel, Trigger

    • B.

      Frame, Action, Grip

    • C.

      Frame, Barrel, Action

    Correct Answer
    C. Frame, Barrel, Action
    Explanation
    The three main parts of a handgun are the frame, barrel, and action. The frame is the main structure of the handgun that houses the other components and provides support. The barrel is the long, metal tube through which the bullet travels when fired. The action refers to the mechanism that loads, fires, and ejects the cartridges. These three parts are essential for the functioning of a handgun, with the frame providing the foundation, the barrel determining the trajectory of the bullet, and the action facilitating the firing process.

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  • 25. 

    When using a small caliber handgun you do not need to worry what is beyond your target because the bullet won’t travel very far.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    This statement is false. Regardless of the caliber of the handgun, it is always important to be aware of what is beyond your target. Bullets from small caliber handguns can still travel a significant distance and potentially cause harm or damage. It is crucial to prioritize safety and consider the potential consequences of a bullet traveling beyond the intended target.

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  • 26. 

    Pointing up is always a safe direction for a firearm.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Pointing up is not always a safe direction for a firearm. Firearms should be pointed in a safe direction, which is typically towards the ground or a designated target, to minimize the risk of accidental discharge causing harm to people or property. Pointing a firearm upwards can still pose a danger as the bullet can travel a long distance and potentially injure or kill someone or cause property damage if it comes back down. Therefore, it is important to always handle firearms responsibly and follow proper safety protocols.

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  • 27. 

    Eye protection is optional when shooting outdoors.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Eye protection is not optional when shooting outdoors. It is important to wear eye protection to prevent any potential injury or damage to the eyes from flying debris, shell casings, or other hazards that may occur while shooting.

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  • 28. 

    If you are not familiar with a gun you can shoot it anyway as long as you are careful.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    This statement is incorrect because regardless of familiarity, shooting a gun without proper knowledge and training can be extremely dangerous. Shooting a gun requires understanding of safety protocols, proper handling techniques, and knowledge of how to aim and fire accurately. Even if someone is careful, lack of familiarity can lead to accidents, injuries, or even fatalities. It is always recommended to receive proper training and education before handling firearms.

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  • 29. 

    Modern gunpowder

    • A.

      Explodes

    • B.

      Burns at a high rate of speed

    • C.

      Burns at a slow speed

    Correct Answer
    B. Burns at a high rate of speed
    Explanation
    Gunpowder is a mixture of sulfur, charcoal, and potassium nitrate. When ignited, the potassium nitrate acts as an oxidizer, releasing oxygen to support the combustion of the other components. This rapid oxidation process causes gunpowder to burn at a high rate of speed, resulting in an explosive reaction. Therefore, the correct answer is that gunpowder burns at a high rate of speed.

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  • 30. 

    It is ok to shoot a 357 magnum cartridge in a 38 caliber revolver.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    It is not okay to shoot a 357 magnum cartridge in a 38 caliber revolver. While the 357 magnum cartridge can fit into a 38 caliber revolver, it is not designed to be fired from it. The 357 magnum cartridge has a higher pressure and more power than the 38 caliber revolver is designed to handle. Firing a 357 magnum cartridge in a 38 caliber revolver can cause damage to the firearm and potentially be dangerous for the shooter.

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  • 31. 

    Use the box, bullet and barrel method to ensure you get the right ammo for your gun.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The box, bullet, and barrel method is a commonly used technique to ensure that you select the correct ammunition for your firearm. This method involves checking the markings on the ammunition box, comparing the bullet specifications with those recommended by the firearm manufacturer, and verifying that the ammunition fits properly in the gun's barrel. By following this method, you can ensure that you are using the appropriate ammunition for your firearm, which is crucial for safety and optimal performance. Therefore, the statement "Use the box, bullet, and barrel method to ensure you get the right ammo for your gun" is true.

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  • 32. 

    If you shoot your gun with a squib load

    • A.

      The bullet will stay in the chamber

    • B.

      The barrel might explode

    • C.

      Your gun won’t shoot

    Correct Answer
    B. The barrel might explode
    Explanation
    If you shoot your gun with a squib load, the bullet will not have enough force to exit the barrel. This can cause a dangerous situation as the bullet may become lodged in the barrel. When another round is fired, the pressure from the new round can cause the barrel to explode, resulting in severe damage to the firearm and potential harm to the shooter and those nearby. Therefore, the correct answer is that the barrel might explode.

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  • 33. 

    A handgun can have either a hammer or a striker.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    A handgun can have either a hammer or a striker. This statement is true because handguns can be designed with either a hammer or a striker mechanism. A hammer-fired handgun uses a metal piece that strikes the firing pin to ignite the primer, while a striker-fired handgun has a spring-loaded firing pin that is released by the trigger pull. Both mechanisms serve the same purpose of igniting the cartridge, but they differ in their design and operation. Therefore, it is possible for a handgun to have either a hammer or a striker.

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  • 34. 

    Adjustable sights give you

    • A.

      Better sight focus.

    • B.

      Better accuracy at longer distances.

    • C.

      Better trigger pull.

    Correct Answer
    B. Better accuracy at longer distances.
    Explanation
    Adjustable sights allow the shooter to make precise adjustments to the sight alignment, ensuring that the firearm is properly aligned with the target at different distances. This enables the shooter to compensate for bullet drop and windage, resulting in improved accuracy at longer distances. By being able to make these adjustments, the shooter can fine-tune their aim and make the necessary corrections to hit the target more accurately, making adjustable sights essential for long-range shooting.

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  • 35. 

    An ejector rod can be found on

    • A.

      A semi auto pistol

    • B.

      Both a revolver and a semi auto pistol

    • C.

      A revolver

    Correct Answer
    C. A revolver
    Explanation
    An ejector rod can be found on a revolver. This rod is used to push out the spent cartridge cases from the cylinder after firing. In a revolver, the cylinder rotates to bring a fresh round in line with the barrel for each shot. Once the round is fired, the ejector rod is used to push the empty casing out of the cylinder, making room for the next round to be loaded. This process is necessary in revolvers to ensure smooth and efficient reloading.

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  • 36. 

    A safe revolver 

    • A.

      Is kept in a drawer.

    • B.

      Has the cylinder left open.

    • C.

      Is unloaded and the cylinder is open.

    Correct Answer
    C. Is unloaded and the cylinder is open.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Is unloaded and the cylinder is open." This means that the revolver does not have any bullets in it and the cylinder, which holds the bullets, is open. This ensures that there is no immediate danger or risk of accidental discharge. Keeping the revolver in a drawer adds an extra layer of safety by keeping it securely stored and out of reach from unauthorized individuals.

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  • 37. 

    All magazine releases are found along side the frame near the trigger guard.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The statement is incorrect because not all magazine releases are found along the side of the frame near the trigger guard. Magazine releases can vary in location depending on the design of the firearm. Some firearms may have magazine releases located on the grip, on the side of the frame, or even on the bottom of the grip. Therefore, the statement is false.

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  • 38. 

    A semi auto pistol in considered unloaded as long as the magazine is removed.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    A semi auto pistol is not considered unloaded just by removing the magazine. Even without the magazine, there may still be a round in the chamber, which can be fired. Therefore, it is important to not only remove the magazine but also ensure that the chamber is empty to consider the pistol unloaded.

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  • 39. 

    Your front sight should be even and _____ your rear sight when aiming. (Fill in blank)

    • A.

      Slanted next to

    • B.

      Level with

    • C.

      In contact with

    Correct Answer
    B. Level with
    Explanation
    When aiming, it is important for the front sight to be level with the rear sight. This ensures that the shooter has proper alignment and sight picture, allowing for more accurate and consistent shots. If the front sight is slanted next to or in contact with the rear sight, it can result in misalignment and inaccurate aiming. Therefore, the correct answer is "Level with."

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  • 40. 

    By keeping your firearm clean it is

    • A.

      More likely to function correctly

    • B.

      Never going to misfire

    • C.

      Shoot straighter

    Correct Answer
    A. More likely to function correctly
    Explanation
    Keeping a firearm clean ensures that it is free from dirt, debris, and other contaminants that can hinder its performance. Regular cleaning and maintenance help to prevent malfunctions and ensure that the firearm operates smoothly. While it does not guarantee that the firearm will never misfire or shoot straighter, it significantly increases the likelihood of it functioning correctly.

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  • 41. 

    How many hours of in person training must you have in order to receive your CCW License?

    • A.

      Two

    • B.

      Four

    • C.

      Six

    • D.

      It depends on the specific state or country's laws and regulations. 

    Correct Answer
    D. It depends on the specific state or country's laws and regulations. 
    Explanation
    The requirements for obtaining a concealed carry (CCW) license, including the number of hours of in-person training, vary widely depending on the jurisdiction and the specific state or country's laws and regulations. In the United States, for example, there is no uniform standard for CCW license requirements, and each state sets its own regulations. Some states may require a specific number of hours of in-person training, while others may have different requirements, such as completing a firearms safety course or passing a background check. The training requirements can range from a few hours to more extensive courses.
    To determine the specific requirements for obtaining a CCW license in your area, you should consult your local law enforcement agency, the issuing authority for CCW permits in your state or country, or the relevant state or national firearms association. They can provide you with up-to-date information on the training and licensing requirements in your jurisdiction.

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