Letter V Firearms Glossary
Usually a rifle, but not always.
A small-caliber firearm or high-powered air gun primarily used for hunting
non-native or non-game animals such as rats, squirrels, gophers, jackrabbits, marmots, groundhogs, porcupine, opossum, coyote, skunks, weasels,
and other animals considered to be nuisance vermin destructive to native or domestic plants and animals.
Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994.
It is an act of Congress dealing with crime and law enforcement that became law in 1994.
Of the sections of the bill, it included the Federal Assault Weapons Ban.
The speed at which a projectile travels. Velocity is usually measured in feet per second or metres per second.
17 Other Firearms Definitions You Need To Know
A rapidly burning powder made by absorbing nitroglycerine into nitrocellulose (guncotton).
A metal surface which contains a pattern of ridges or beads.
The entire collection of moving parts which work together to fire the gun when the trigger is pulled.
It may include trigger springs, return springs, the trigger itself, the sear, disconnectors, and other parts.
Refers to a revolver frame that has no top-strap over the cylinder.
An early form of complete, self-contained cartridge. It included bullet, powder and ignition primer, all in one package.
The primer was located towards the base of the cartridge, but completely internally. The pin, shaped like a little finishing nail,
pointed on the inside end and resting on the internal primer, projected radially about a quarter-inch to the outside of the base of
the cartridge. When loaded, a pinfire gun showed the tips of the pins exposed through small slots in the tops of the breech faces of the barrels.
To fire, hammers fell on the pins, driving them (through the wall of the cartridge) into the internal primer.
A metal, usually copper, wrapped around a lead core to form a bullet.
Slang word for short barreled revolver.
A passive, external safety typically located on the backstrap, which must be fully depressed to release the trigger. Most 1911-pattern pistols feature a grip safety.
A gun with more than one barrel, the most common being the double-barreled shotgun.
A state of readiness of a firearm. The hammer (or similar mechanism if there is no hammer) only needs to be released by the trigger to cause the gun to fire.
A heat-treating process that incorporates carbon into the surface molecular
structure of the steel, providing a hard-wearing surface without making the entire
receiver brittle. The parts to be casehardened are packed in a crucible with
carbon-rich media such as bone meal and charcoal, heated to bright orange, about
1800°F, then quenched in bubbling oil. Also
A self-loading firearm whose breechblock and barrel are not positively locked together, but which incorporates a mechanism which initially restricts the breechblock from moving when fired, delaying its opening.
A pocketed belt for holding ammunition and cartridges. It was usually slung over the chest.
Bandoliers are now rare because most military arms use magazines which are not well-suited to being stored in such a manner.
They are, however, still commonly used with shotguns, as individual 12 gauge shells can easily be stored in traditionally designed bandoliers.
A bullet design featuring a conical extended nose, with a flat point, and a sharp edged shoulder that serves to cut a full diameter hole in the target.
This design also may be found with a hollow point to facilitate expansion. A modified wadcutter bullet design with slightly sloping edges, designed to load smoothly in a semi-automatic pistol.
Also known as a Case. The envelope (container) of a cartridge. For rifles and handguns it is usually of brass or other metal; for shotguns it is usually of paper or plastic with a metal head and is more often called a "shell."
A slang term for a small inexpensive handgun. Saturday night specials have been defined as compact, inexpensive,
small-caliber handguns with perceived low quality; however, there is no official definition of "Saturday night special" under federal law,
though some states define "Saturday night specials" or "junk guns" by means of composition or materials strength.
Low cost and high availability make these weapons attractive to many buyers despite their shortcomings.
The part of a revolver's frame connecting the recoil shield to the barrel-mounting recess; adding considerable strength compared to that
of early black powder Colt revolvers, and providing a base for a rear sight.
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