The Definition of Armor-Piercing Ammunition
An armor-piercing shell must withstand the shock of punching through armor plating. Shells designed for this purpose
have a greatly strengthened case with a specially hardened and shaped nose,
and a much smaller bursting charge.
19 Other Firearms Definitions You Need To Know
A craftsman's signature stamp, discretely placed to identify his work.
A rib extension on a break-open gun, ending in a circular or semi-circular shape in plan (resembling the head of a doll),
mating into a similarly-shaped recess in the top of the receiver, designed to resist the tendency of
the barrels to pull away from the standing breech when firing.
Because an action's centerpoint of flexing when firing is at the base of the standing breech, not at the hingepin, a passive doll's
head extension makes an effective extra fastener, even without additional mechanical locks operated by the opening lever.
A long, slender, dowel-like tool used to force powder and shot down the bore of a muzzle-loading firearm.
For hand-fired guns, normally retained in some kind of receptacle attached to the gun's barrel. Carried separately for muzzle-loading cannon.
The opening through which the empty, spent ammunition case is ejected from of a firearm.
A type of firearm in which the action is closed, with a cartridge in the chamber prior to firing. When the trigger is pressed the cartridge is fired,
and the action cycles loading another cartridge into chamber and when firing is stopped the bolt remains closed and the chamber remains loaded.
A firearm manufactured by someone who is not a regular maker of firearms.
A soft appendage, usually of some kind of rubber, often fitted to the butt end of a shoulder-mounted firearm to reduce the sensation of recoil.
A recoil pad has the additional benefit of being less vulnerable to damage than a checkered wood butt or a brittle horn or plastic buttplate.
A small metal explosive-filled cup which is placed over the nipple of a percussion firearm. As the cap is struck by the hammer, it explodes and sends a flame through the flashhole in the nipple to the main powder charge.
A Federal Firearms License (FFL) is a license in the United States that enables an individual or a company to engage in a business pertaining to
the manufacture of firearms and ammunition or the interstate and intrastate sale of firearms. Holding an FFL to engage in certain such activities has
been a legal requirement within the United States since the enactment of the Gun Control Act of 1968.
The rearmost surface of the grip on a handgun. the term originated with old pistols. The grips surrounded the frame, making the rearmost of the frame appear as a strap.
A pair of slender and easily-carried wooden dowels or sticks, which when held, crossed, in the fingers of the left hand while also supporting the forend of a rifle,
usually shooting offhand, provides somewhat enhanced stability for a more accurate shot.
The amount of propellant powder that is suitable for specific cartridge-bullet combination,
or in the case of shotshells, for a specific weight of shot and wad column.
The common part of a handgun to which the action, barrel and grip are connected.
Normally, a break-open, double-barrel, side-by-side pistol of large calibre, used by
a maharaja when hunting tiger on the back of his elephant (in the howdah, the basket compartment in which he sits).
The howdah pistol is the weapon of last resort in case the tiger tries to join him in the howdah.
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.
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.
Not putting your finger on the trigger until your sights are on target, then pulling the trigger smoothly, and following through by realigning the sights before allowing your finger to come off the trigger.
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