Can You Identify the Bullet From an Image?

By: Jacqueline Samaroo
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About This Quiz

Firearms are useless without bullets, and these vital items ensure that a firearm can go boom properly when you pull the trigger. Armed with appropriate firepower, law enforcement can keep criminals at bay and in the same breath, it can be used by those who seek to endanger civilians.

The first bullet has been traced back to 13th century Europe and China and throughout their history bullets have advanced from stone and iron balls to superior shells made of lead. These projectiles can be propelled from a gun or cannon by using gunpowder, percussion cap along with gunpowder or by using a cartridge.

They can vary in shape and size and can be made of copper, lead, rubber, wax or polymer, which can also come with a cast or with a jacket. These types of bullets are designed with a with a thin layer of hard metal that protects the soft lead core and allows the bullet to pass through the barrel of the gun and stay intact to hit its target.

If given a picture of the bullet, will you be able to identify what type it is and what gun it is used in? The only way to test your bullet knowledge is to take this quiz! When you’re done, ask your friend to take it to see how well they perform.

The 9mm Luger, also known as the 9×19mm Parabellum, is widely regarded as being one of the most popular handgun and submachine gun rounds in the world. The 9mm Luger is also utilized by well over 60% of all police in the United States.

When the amount of units sold is taken into account, the .22 Long Rifle (commonly referred to as the 22 LR) is actually the most common type of ammunition in the world. This round is utilized by several pistols, rifles, submachine guns and revolvers.

Although 16 gauge shells and the corresponding 16-gauge shotgun have been declining in popularity for decades now, they still have a noticeably dedicated following and presence on the market today. 16 gauge shells are often viewed as a sort of “jack-of-all-trades” type of round.

The 410 bore is a type of shotgun shell that is actually quite often mistakenly referred to as the 410 gauge – even by some seasoned gun owners. The 410 holds the distinction of being the second smallest caliber of shotgun shell that is actually commercially available.

While shotgun shells come in several different gauges, by far the most popular shotgun gauge available today is the 12 gauge. Compared to the once popular 20 gauge, a 12 gauge has more power but also more recoil as well.

The .380 ACP is a straight walled and rimless pistol round that was introduced to the public over 100 years ago in 1908. Although noticeably larger rounds have become more popular, guns that use the .380 ACP still see some use due to the fact that these pistols are primarily smaller and easier to conceal and carry.

The “06” in the name of this bullet refers directly to the year in which this round was adopted into general service – 1906. Shortly after this, the 30-06 Springfield was standardized and heavily utilized right up until the 1980s. Today it still sees a fair amount of use, primarily as a sporting round.

The 20 gauge is a shotgun shell that is often primarily made use of by beginner shooters, either for hunting or for target practice. This shell is an effective means of hunting small game and birds, such as turkey, grouse, and quail.

The .38 S&W Special is a centerfire rimmed round that was designed by Smith & Wesson to be primarily used in revolvers; however, this round has seen noticeable amounts of use in some carbines and semi-automatic pistols as well. From the 1920s to the 1990s, the .38 S&W Special was the standard service round for most US police departments.

Designed and produced in 1955, the 243 Winchester is a popular sporting rifle round that was initially intended to be used for target and varmint shooting purposes. However, this round can also be used on bulkier animals, such as wild hogs, deer, coyote, etc.

The .25 ACP (also known as the 6.35×16mmSR) straight-walled, semi-rimmed, centerfire pistol cartridge that was initially developed in 1905. The .25 ACP is notable for being one of the smallest centerfire pistol rounds that is currently in production.

The 7.62x54R is also commonly known as the 7.62mm Russian; however, the “R” has been officially stated to be a designation that means “rimmed”. This round was designed and developed by the Russian Empire in 1891 and is known to have the longest service life of all military-issued rounds in the world.

The 45-70 Government – also simply referred to as the 45-70 – is a rifle cartridge that was designed and created to be used in the Springfield Model 1873. The 45-70 Government was intended to be a replacement for the post-Civil War 45-70 Government cartridge.

Although it is commonly referred to as the .45 Long Colt (or .45 LC), the correct nomenclature for this round is actually simply .45 Colt. The “Long” part of the commonly used name refers to an effort to try and distinguish this round from the .45 ACP and the .45 Schofield.

The .32 ACP – also known as the .32 Automatic – is a straight-walled, semi-rimmed, centerfire pistol cartridge that was initially developed in 1899. Nowadays, this round still sees moderate use in the United States, since it is paired with contemporary concealed carry pistols.

Also known as the .300 Win Mag or simply the 300WM, the 300 Winchester Magnum is a rifle cartridge that sports a bottlenecked and belted design. The 300 Winchester Magnum is celebrated for its accuracy and in fact, it has won multiple 1,000-yard competitions.

Designed in 1923 and introduced to the public in 1925, the 270 Winchester (also known as the 6.8x64mm) is a rifle round that was initially not met with a great deal of success. However, post-World War II, the 270 Winchester had a resurgence in popularity.

Originally designed and produced in the 1950s, the .44 Magnum is a large bore round that was initially meant to be utilized with revolvers. However, shortly after it was introduced, the .44 Magnum was also adopted for use in rifles and carbines as well.

The 303 British (also referred to as the 7.7×56mmR) is a rifle round that was designed and created by the British in 1889. This rifle cartridge saw heavy usage for over 50 years, when it was the standard military cartridge of the British from 1889 to the 1950s.

The 9mm Makarov (also referred to as the 9×18mm Makarov or the 9×18mm PM) is a gun cartridge of Soviet origin that is primarily used in pistols and submachine guns. Many historians have compared its usage and proliferation in the east to the rise of the 9mm Luger in the west.

Designed and released in 1963 to the general public, the 7mm Remington Magnum a rifle round that belongs to the belted magnum family. At the time of its introduction, the 7mm Remington Magnum was also released alongside the Remington Model 700 bolt-action rifle.

The .22 WMR goes by quite a few names - .22 Winchester Magnum Rimfire, .22 Mag, .22 MRF, .22 WMR, and .22 Magnum. This round, which is manufactured by Winchester, was designed in 1959 and started production one year later in 1960.

While not extremely popular, especially compared to other gauge shells (like the ever popular 12 gauge) and shotguns, the 28 gauge still sees consistent use over the years. However, the 28 gauge doesn’t back as much of a punch as its siblings but it does have less recoil.

While it was never as popular as many other gauges like the 12 gauge, the 10 gauge does still have diehard adherents when it comes to hunting – primarily goose hunters. It’s an often stated adage by 10 gauge supporters that, if you want to put more pellets on a target, then a 10 gauge is always the way to go.

The 338 Lapua (full name 338 Lapua Magnum) is a rifle cartridge that was created in the 1980s with long-range combat and high-power damage in mind. The 338 Lapua saw extensive use in both the Afghanistan War and the Iraq War.

Originating in the United States, the 500 S&W (also referred to as the 500 S&W Magnum and more technically the 12.7×41mmSR) is a .50 caliber handgun cartridge that is primarily used with hunting handguns. This rounds sports a rimmed design.

The .357 SIG is a pistol round that was designed and created in 1994 from a partnership between Federal Cartridge (an American ammunition manufacturer) and SIG Sauer (a Swiss-German firearm manufacturer). The cartridge is still being used today by several law enforcement agencies.

Initially designed well over 100 years ago in 1905, the .45 ACP was created by John Browning to be used in his Colt semi-automatic prototype pistol While the 45 ACP still sees a lot of use nowadays in the United States, the increase in popularity of the 9mm Luger has challenged its dominance.

The .300 Winchester Short Magnum (also simply referred to as the .300 WSM) is a centerfire short magnum cartridge that is created for use with rifles. This rifle cartridge sports a bottlenecked design that has a rebated rim.

The 8mm Mauser (also known as the 7.92×57mm Mauser or the 8x57mm) is a rifle cartridge that is characterized by its rimless and bottlenecked design. The 7.92×57mm Mauser was adopted by the German Empire and utilized as a service cartridge in both World Wars.

Getting its name from one of its designers, Dick Casull, the .454 Casull is a handgun cartridge that was developed in 1957 as a wildcat cartridge. However, it wasn’t until almost 40 years later, in 1997, when this round finally began to see mainstream usage.

Designed in 1934 and introduced to general use one year later in 1935, the .357 Magnum is a revolver round that gets its name from its .357-inch bullet diameter. It is notable for being considered as a great round for hunting and self-defense, even with larger game.

Originally designed by the Soviet Union, the 7.62x39mm (also known as the 7.62 Soviet) is a rimless and bottlenecked round that was created towards the end of World War II. While this round has seen a lot of military use in the east, it is also utilized by a lot of civilians as well.

The .30 Carbine (also technically referred to as) 7.62x33mm) is a rifle cartridge that was introduced in the 1940s to be used with the M1 Carbine. This cartridge and its partner, the M1 Carbine, have seen heavy usage by the United States; being used in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.

The 6.8mm SPCII – also referred to as the 6.8 mm Remington Special Purpose Cartridge or the 6.8×43mm – is a rifle cartridge that is designed and produced by Remington Arms. This rifle cartridge sports a bottlenecked and rimless design.

Designed in 1964 by both Marlin Firearms and Remington Arms, the 444 Marlin is a lever action rifle cartridge that was created to fill in the gap that was left by the .45-70. The 444 Marlin actually closely resembles a .44 Magnum round that has simply been lengthened.

The .38 S&W (also technically referred to as the 9x20mmR) is an old revolver cartridge that was created way back in 1877 as a companion round for the S&W .38 Single Action. Nowadays, quite a lot of people confuse the .38 S&W and the larger and differently shaped .38 Smith & Wesson Special, due to their very similar names.

The .40 S&W was designed and developed in 1990 initially to primarily as a round for law enforcement officers. It was actually designed with the intention of duplicating the performance of the 10mm Auto – a round utilized commonly by the FBI.

Also known as the .300 ACC Blackout (or also the 300 BLK), the 300 Blackout is a rifle round that is developed by the Advanced Armament Corporation (AAC) in the United States. This round is primarily used in the M4 carbine.

The 7.62 NATO (7.62x51mm NATO) and the commercial 308 Winchester are rounds that are so similar that cartridges of one can be chambered into rifles that are meant to use the other. These bullets are bottlenecked rimless rounds that have been used in rifles and medium machine guns around the world.

Designed and developed in 2002 (and still seeing use to this day), the 17 HMR is a rimfire rifle round that is created by the ammunition company Hornady. The round is also known as the 17 Hornady Magnum Rimfire and it is directly descended from the 22 Magnum.

The 5.56 NATO (full designation 5.56×45mm NATO) is not completely identical to the .223 Remington; however, it is noticeably derived from it. It is relatively popular around the world and is considered to be a standard round for NATO forces.

The 7.62x51mm NATO (sometimes officially referred to as simply the 7.62 NATO) is a rifle cartridge that was developed in the 1950s as an efficient standard for NATO countries to use with small arms. The cartridge sports a rimless bottlenecked design.

Coming in at a length of well over 5 inches, the 50 BMG (also known as the 50 Browning Machine Gun and the 12.7×99mm NATO) is a massive beast of a cartridge. This powerful behemoth has been utilized in both machine guns and rifles since 1921.

The 50 Black Powder, also known as the .50-140 Sharps, is a black powder rifle round that was introduced as a big game hunting bullet. This round was designed and introduced in 1884; its overall length is 3.95 inches (100 mm) and it is largely considered to be an obsolete bullet.

The .22 Hornet (also known as the 5.6×35mmR) is a centerfire rifle round that has been utilized since its introduction in the 1930s. This round has, over the years, been primarily used for survival and hunting purposes, as well as also for competitions as well.

The 204 Ruger is a rifle round that is designed and developed through a partnership between Ruger and Hornady. This round has been in production for over a decade, starting initially in 2004 and continuing into the present day. Overall, the 204 Ruger round has proved to be not only very effective but also very efficient as well.

The 5.7x28mm (also referred to as the FN 5.7x28mm) is a centerfire cartridge that is designed and produced by Belgian firearms manufacturer FN Herstal. The 5.7x28mm sports a bottlenecked design and by 2006 it was utilized by over 40 countries worldwide.

The 30-30 Winchester is a round that was designed and produced in 1985 to be primarily used with the Winchester Model 1984 lever-action rifle. This round is notable for being the first small-bore, sporting rifle cartridge that was designed for smokeless powder in the United States.

When the Soviet Union needed a successor to their durable and effective AK-47/AKM, their creative efforts led to the creation of the AK-74 rifle in 1974. The 5.45x39mm was introduced that same year as the cartridge that was meant to be used with their new rifle.

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