About the Study Guide

You are looking at the South Dakota Handgun Education Study Guide. At the present time, you cannot obtain handgun education certification from Handgun Safety Course. However, you can use this Study Guide as a resource to learn more about handgun safety.

The break-action handgun operates on the same principle as a door hinge. Break actions may be found on single-shot pistols or on revolvers.

Firearm action on a single-shot pistol
  • Simple to load and unload, a hinge action is often chosen as a first handgun.
  • To open the action, point the barrel at the ground. A release is pressed, and the barrel drops downward. This allows the cartridges to eject or to be removed manually if the handgun is loaded.