Letter K Firearms Glossary
Usually referred to as a Kentucky Long Rifle or simply Longrifle, the Kentucky Rifle is a flintlock rifle with a long barrel and short, crooked stock. It is widely believed to be a largely unique development of American rifles that was uncommon in European rifles of the same period.
The Kentucky Long Rifleis an early example of a firearm using rifling, (spiral grooves in the bore). This gave the projectile, commonly a round lead ball, a spiraling motion, increasing the stability of the trajectory.
Rifled firearms saw their first major combat usage in the American colonies during the Seven Years war, and later the American Revolution in the eighteenth century.
A horizontal wedge, press-fit through the forend of a vintage gun, through a lump
attached to the underside of the barrel and out the other side of the forend.
To secure the forend in position. Also called a crosspin or a wedge fastener.
The tendency of a bullet to tip in flight and hit a target sideways, leaving a distinctly oblong hole.
This destabilization of the spinning bullet in flight is typically caused by a bullet weight inappropriate
for the rate of twist of the rifled barrel, an out-of-balance bullet or its having nicked an impediment such as a blade of grass, in flight.
The curved, forward end of the bar of a break-open firearm's action, about which the mounted
forend iron revolves downward. This area should be kept lightly greased to avoid galling the bearing surfaces.
A metal surface which contains a pattern of ridges or beads.
German for "short." Seen as part of a cartridge designation. On some German manufactured guns that use .380 ACP, the designated caliber is 9mm Kurtz (9mm Short), which is also the same as the Italian 9mm Corto
13 Other Firearms Definitions You Need To Know
Can also be spelled Over/Under, OverUnder or Over and Under.
A firearm (most commonly a shotgun) with two barrels that are vertically aligned with each other, one on top of the other.
A description of a bullet whose forward diameter has expanded after penetration.
The recoil spring is the powerful spring that cushions the slide in its rearward travel and then sends the slide forward again with enough force to drive the fresh round firmly into the chamber.
The strength of the recoil spring is calibrated to run the slide without any outside assistance.
A charge of powder, a projectile or a cartridge. Also, to prepare a gun for firing by inserting ammunition into it.
A hinged plate covering the bottom of a rifle magazine and extending rearward on either side of the triggerguard.
This design allows it to be more securely fastened for one more imperceptible step towards total reliability.
Latin word meaning "for war." It is actually the proper name of the semiautomatic pistol commonly known in the USA as the "Luger.
Because of that pistol and the ammunition created for it, the common 9mm cartridge used nowadays is also known as 9mm Parabellum or 9mm Luger."
a type of fighting in which small units engage the enemy with personal weapons at very short range,
potentially to the point of hand-to-hand combat or fighting with hand weapons such as swords or knives.
One of the three major dismountable components of a break-open gun (the others being the barrel(s) and the action/buttstock)
which secures the barrels to the receiver, often houses the ejector mechanism, and for some, provides a handle for the one's secondary hand.
The diameter of the bore of a firearm measured as a fraction of an inch.
Although such a measurement may be frequently stated in millimeters.
It is correctly expressed as ".40 caliber" (note the decimal point) or as "10 millimeter"
(without "caliber" or the leading decimal point). Caliber numbers when used to identify the size of the
bullet a gun will file are usually followed by words or letters to create the complete name of the cartridge.
These letters often represent a brand name or an abbreviation for the name of the company that first introduced the round.
A type of internal safety that prevents the firing pin from moving forward for any reason unless the trigger is pulled.
The term referring to the action of manually drawing the hammer back against its spring until it becomes latched against the sear,
or sometimes the trigger itself, arming the hammer to be released by a subsequent pull of the trigger. Some external hammers, and all internal hammers,
may be cocked simply by pulling the trigger
A firearm specially designed for use underwater.
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