The Definition of Adjustable Stock
The stock is the wooden, polymer, or metal handle of a long gun that extends from the trigger back to where the gun is braced against the shoulder.
An adjustable stock is one that can be easily lengthened or shortened to fit shooters of different sizes.
19 Other Firearms Definitions You Need To Know
A built in lock that may prevent the firearm from being fired.
The propellant powder used in modern ammunition. It is not an explosive, but rather a flammable solid that burns extremely rapidly releasing a
large volume of gas. Commonly called "gunpowder" and usually made from nitrocellulose, or nitrocellulose and nitroglycerin.
It is classified as a "Flammable Solid" by the Department of Transportation.
Short for the word Ambidextrous. Meaning that a feature of a firearms can be used by either hand, for example ambi-safety, ambi slide catch or ambi mag release.
A set of holes in a target left by a succession of bullets fired from the same rifle or handgun,
using the same ammunition and sight setting. Fired (within the limits of one's marksmanship ability)
to determine the inherent accuracy of the rifle/ammunition combination,
and to aid in the proper adjustment of the sights.
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 higher quality item used to increase accuracy, generally used for competition in a match. Match grade ammo and barrels are the most common improvements made to a firearm to improve accuracy for competition.
Assault Rifles and Assault Weapons do not exist. The terms Assault Rifle and Assault Weapon are made up terms by the anti-gun lobby to describe
black rifles with forward grips that you might see in the movies like an AR-15 or an AK-47.
Assault Rifles do not exist because a gun cannot assault anything, they are machines that need to be operated by a person.
A musket shortened for cavalry use.
A family of smokeless propellants developed and produced in the United Kingdom from 1889 to
replace gunpowder as a military propellant. Like gunpowder, cordite is classified as a low
explosive because of its slow burning rates and consequently low brisance.
The hot gases produced by burning gunpowder or cordite generate sufficient pressure to propel a bullet or shell to its target,
but not enough to destroy the barrel of the firearm, or gun.
Typically used in the .22 caliber cartridge designation .22 Long Rifle, which is abbreviated .22LR.
The charge used to ignite the propelling charge.
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 mechanism for removing a spent shell casing from the chamber of a firearm and inserting a fresh cartridge into the chamber.
This type of mechanism is most commonly used in shotguns and rimfire rifles.
Abbreviation for Close Quarters Combat.
A needle like metal part of a modern firearm that gives a vigorous strike to the primer initiating the firing of the cartridge.
A gun holder that may be strapped to a human body, or affixed to the inside of a pack or bag, or dropped into a pocket.
A holster serves to protect the gun's mechanisms and finish, to provide security by covering the trigger so it cannot be pulled inadvertently,
and to present the grip of the gun at a constant angle for easy access. Some holsters also serve to obscure the outline of the
gun so it may be more easily concealed. Typically made from leather or in plastic.
The point at which the trigger allows the hammer to fall, or releases the striker, so that the shot fires. The ideal trigger break is sudden and definite.
"Like a glass rod" is the cliche term shooters use to describe the ideal crisp, clean break.
On guns (mainly shotguns) that have two barrels, there is a trigger for each barrel that work independently from each other.
That part of the stock on a rifle or shotgun into which the barrel fits.
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