About the Study Guide

You are looking at the Washington 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.

Basic components of ammunition

The basic components of ammunition are the case, primer, powder, and projectile.

  • Case: The container that holds all the other ammunition components together. It's usually made of brass, steel, or copper.
  • Primer: An explosive chemical compound that ignites the gunpowder when struck by a firing pin. Primer may be placed either in the rim of the case (rimfire) or in the center of the base of the case (centerfire).
  • Gunpowder: A chemical mixture that burns rapidly and converts to an expanding gas when ignited.
  • Projectile: The object expelled from the barrel. A bullet is a projectile, usually containing lead, fired through a handgun barrel.