A gun is an aimable weapon that fires projectiles at high velocity, or a device that resembles such a weapon used for other purposes (e.g., glue gun) in common usage. The term is also used for types of artillery with long barrels that fire at a relatively flat trajectory.
The term gun is often used as a synonym to firearm, but in specialist use refers only to smoothbore firearms and naval artillery (and thus excluding rifles).
Most guns are designed to kill people or animals, with a minority being designed for sporting purposes.
See Firearm for the main rifle and gun page.
Types of weapons
Politics and society
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