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- Gun : Either a general term for firearm, or a type of artillery with a relatively long barrel with respect to caliber, giving the projectile a fairly flat trajectory
- Firearm : Device, often designed to be used as a weapon, which projects either single or multiple projectiles at high velocity, using the energy of gases generated by a controlled explosion.
- Infantry : Soldiers that directly confront the enemy, overcoming them with fire and maneuver while on foot or in specialized vehicles
- Rifle : Primarily a shoulder-filed individual weapon, used for hunting, target shooting, and infantry combat; the term may also apply to larger artillery pieces with rifled barrels that impart stabilizing spin to their projectiles
- M4 carbine : Smaller and lighter, but compatible with ammunition and accessories, version of the U.S. M16 rifle
- M16 rifle : The primary U.S. infantry rifle, an assault rifle firing 5.56mm intermediate power ammunition; M4 (rifle) is the carbine (i.e., shorter-length) version
- AK-47 : The world's most common assault rifle, firing a 7.62mm bullet, but with reduced-power propellant and larger magazines that comparable battle rifles using the same caliber; there are variants that use lighter bullets
- Pistol : A firearm intended primarily to be operated while held in the user's hand
- Submachine gun : A firearm that can shoot a pistol cartridge (i.e., less powerful than a rifle cartridge) in full-automatic mode
- Machine gun : A firearm capable not only of full-automatic fire, but with additional features, such as large ammunition supply mechanisms, barrel cooling or quick-change features, etc., that lets it fire for prolonged periods
- Battle rifle : A military rifle that fires a full-power rifle cartridge (e.g., 7.62x51mm NATO), and is heavier but longer-ranged than assault rifles; generally issued to snipers and designated marksmen