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*'''Cartridged Ammunition:''' Not a type of firearm, but worth mentioning. Cartridged ammunition consists of a projectile in an external casing with propellent and a percussion cap for ignition. The first cartridges were made of paper, but metal casings later became the norm. This massively simplified loading and made breach loading and repeating firearms practical.
 
*'''Cartridged Ammunition:''' Not a type of firearm, but worth mentioning. Cartridged ammunition consists of a projectile in an external casing with propellent and a percussion cap for ignition. The first cartridges were made of paper, but metal casings later became the norm. This massively simplified loading and made breach loading and repeating firearms practical.
 
*'''Bayonet''' A blade attached to the front of a firearm, allowing it be used as a spear in close quarters. Bayonets began to emerge in the 17th century in france, allowing infantry armed with firearms to fend off cavalry charges.
 
*'''Bayonet''' A blade attached to the front of a firearm, allowing it be used as a spear in close quarters. Bayonets began to emerge in the 17th century in france, allowing infantry armed with firearms to fend off cavalry charges.
*'''Magazine:''' An internal compartment in a Firearm which contains multiple bullets to be moved into the chamber and a necessary component in many repeating firearms. When repeaters began to become common, most magazines were built in components of the firearm itself containing individual rounds or rounds held in place by a metal clip. Modern firearms have detachable magazines which are swapped out.
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*'''Magazine:''' An internal compartment in a firearm that contains multiple bullets to be moved into the chamber. A magazine is a necessary component in many repeating firearms. When repeaters began to become common, most magazines were built-in components of the firearm itself ,containing individual rounds or rounds held in place by a metal clip. Modern firearms have detachable magazines which are swapped out.
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== Firearms in Science Fiction ==
 
== Firearms in Science Fiction ==
 
In various [[science fiction]] series (especially those set in or close to modern times), firearms are often the primary form of small arms.
 
In various [[science fiction]] series (especially those set in or close to modern times), firearms are often the primary form of small arms.

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