Letter N Firearms Glossary
The National Association for Gun Rights (NAGR) is a gun rights advocacy group in the United States. Headed by Dudley Brown, a long-time gun rights advocate, the National Association for Gun Rights was formed
in 2000 as a grassroots, member-centric organization with a no-compromise approach to gun rights issues through an aggressive strategy.
A bullet not covered by a metal jacket or patch.
The forward portion of a bottlenecked cartridge case. Also the portion of a rifle chamber in which the neck of the cartridge case rests.
Shrinking the neck of an existing cartridge to make it use a bullet of a different caliber. A typical process used in the creation of wildcat cartridges.
Expanding the neck of an existing cartridge to make it use a bullet of a different caliber. A typical process used in the creation of wildcat cartridges.
A needle gun is a bolt-action firearm (the first known type of bolt action rifle) that has a needle-like firing pin, which can pass through fully self-contained (paper) cartridge case to strike a percussion cap at the bullet base.
The first experimental needle gun was designed by Jean Samuel Pauly, a Swiss gunsmith, in 1812.
The first mass-produced needle gun was invented by the German gunsmith Johann Nicolaus von Dreyse, who, beginning in 1824, had conducted multiple experiments, and in 1836 produced the first viable breech loading gun model using a complete cartridge .
The unplanned discharge of a firearm caused by a failure to observe the basic safety rules, not a mechanical failure of the gun.
National Firearms Act of 1934.
Enacted on June 26, 1934, currently codified as amended as I.R.C. ch. 53, is an Act of Congress in the United States that, in general, imposes
a statutory excise tax on the manufacture and transfer of certain firearms and mandates the registration of those firearms.
The Act was passed shortly after the repeal of Prohibition. The NFA is also referred to as Title II of the Federal firearms laws.
The NFA includes:
- Requires the registration of all fully automatic firearms.
- Requires the registration of all "sawed off" rifles and shotguns.
- Requires the registration of firearm silencers.
- Imposes a $200 transfer tax on the above items.
A type of iron sights that glow or shine in the dark, intended for use in low light conditions. Some night sights consist of tiny tubes of tritium, while others use a phosphorus paint.
A small metal tube extending through the breech of a percussion firearm through which the flame passes from the percussion cap to fire the powder charge.
The point of a projectile.
The National Rifle Association. This organization coordinates shooting events on a national level, provides firearms training to civilians and law enforcement,
fights restrictive firearms legislation and supports the constitutional right of law abiding citizens to own and carry firearms.
8 Other Firearms Definitions You Need To Know
Racking the slide incorrectly by allowing your hand to rest upon the slide as it moves forward during the loading procedure. Riding the slide is a common cause of misfeeds and other malfunctions.
A type of cartridge whose bullet diameter is substantially less than the body diameter of the casing.
The common part of a handgun to which the action, barrel and grip are connected.
The front sight is placed at the muzzle end of the barrel. It is often (but not always) in the form of a dot or a blade.
To attain a proper sight picture and shoot with the greatest degree of accuracy, the shooter's eye
should be focused sharply upon the front sight while shooting, allowing both the rear sight and the target to blur somewhat.
The chemical propellant which is burned to produce the hot gases which send the projectile flying downrange.
A firearm that is only capable of holding one shot at a time. Each round must be loaded into the chamber manually by hand before each shot.
The action of moving live cartridges from the magazine of a firearm into the chamber.