The Definition of Ballistics
The science of cartridge discharge and the bullet's flight. Internal ballistics deals with what happens inside of a firearm upon discharge.
External ballistics is the study of a projectile's flight, and terminal ballistics is the study of the impact of a projectile.
19 Other Firearms Definitions You Need To Know
Abbreviation for Cartridge Overall Length.
An empty ammunition case.
Although a misused term (even within the firearms industry), Long Colt is a designation for an ammunition cartrige developed by Colt mainly used for revolvers. The actual designation is Colt instead of Long Colt.
The term Long Colt was originally coined to avoid confusion between the .45 Colt and .45 ACP cartridges
A railgun is an electrically powered electromagnetic projectile launcher based on similar principles to the homopolar motor.
Using a magnetic field powered by electricity, a rail gun can accelerate a projectile up to 52,493 feet (16,000 meters) per second.
A railgun consists of two parallel metal rails (hence the name) connected to an electrical power supply. When a conductive projectile is inserted between the rails (at the end connected to the power supply), it completes the circuit. Electrons flow from the negative terminal of the power supply up the negative rail, across the projectile, and down the positive rail, back to the power supply.
A small metal cup that contains a tiny explosive charge that is sensitive to impact.
A primer is placed in the base of a shell casing to ignite the powder of the completed cartridge.
It is detonated by the striking of a firing pin in the firearm.
A rear barrel sight base, more articulated than having the sight simply dovetailed into the barrel, but not requiring as much gunsmithing as having it mounted onto a proper quarter-rib.
The thumb-piece on the top rear of the hammer that enables it to be manually drawn back to full cock.
German for a short rifle or carbine.
A firearm manufactured by someone who is not a regular maker of firearms.
A concept created by eminent gun writer Col. Jeff Cooper. A scout rifle, generally, is a bolt action carbine firing a
medium power round suitable for taking large game (e.g., .308), fitted with a long eye-relief telescopic sight mounted on the barrel, and a back up set of iron sights.
Generally refers to a .32 calibre or smaller firearm.
Abbreviation for Center Of Mass.
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 specialized firearm used underwater that is fired when in direct contact with the target.
Recoil operation is an operating mechanism used in locked-breech, autoloading firearms. As the name implies, these actions use the force of recoil to provide energy to cycle the action.
The distance travelled by a projectile from the point where it strikes the target to the point where it stops.
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.
Checkering, applied to the otherwise-unfinished butt end of a gunstock.
There are two basic variants of the Isosceles stance, the
Traditional Isosceles and
Modern Isosceles stance.
In both Isosceles stances, the feet parallel pointing toward the target and are roughly shoulder width apart.
Both arms are stretched almost equally forward with the gun centered forward, creating the triangular shape which gives the stance its name.
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