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.

It's critical to select the correct cartridge for your handgun.

  • Bullets used in handgun cartridges come in various designs, sizes, and weights. The bullet usually is made of lead and may have a jacket made of copper, brass, or another metal.
    • Bullets used for hunting, law enforcement, or personal defense may have soft or hollow points designed to expand (mushroom) upon impact.
    • Bullets used for target shooting usually have flat or solid points that make a clean hole in paper.
  • Common types of handgun bullets are roundnose lead, full metal jacket, semi-wad cutter, hollowpoint, and wad cutter.
Handgun ammunition types