The Definition of Barrel
A tube, usually metal, through which a controlled explosion or rapid expansion of gases are released in order to propel a projectile out of the end at a high velocity.
It is the tube through which the bullet or shot travels. The barrel serves the purpose of providing direction and velocity to the bullet.
19 Other Firearms Definitions You Need To Know
German for "short." Seen as part of a cartridge designation. On some German manufactured guns that use .380 ACP, the designated caliber is 9mm Kurtz (9mm Short), which is also the same as the Italian 9mm Corto
The degree to which the barrel(s) of a break-open gun drop down; the size of the opening space,
which should be sufficient to allow for ease of loading, unloading and properly-functioning ejection.
A good gape is easier to achieve on a side-by-side than an over & under where the bottom barrel is well-enclosed by the action body.
Originally, live pigeons were used as targets, but they were gradually replaced with clay disks and ultimately banned. Later clay has been replaced with more suitable raw materials.
A needle like metal part of a modern firearm that gives a vigorous strike to the primer initiating the firing of the cartridge.
The opening in the bottom of the gun into which a box magazine is fed. On a semi-auto handgun,
the magazine well is at the base of the grip; on a rifle, it is usually placed in front of the trigger guard.
The condition of a cartridge not firing when an attempt to fire it is made.
It can be caused by either a defective cartridge or a defective firearm.
The term is frequently misused to indicate a Negligent Discharge of a firearm.
More commonly known as WSM, it is a family of centerfire cartridges designed by Winchester Repeating Arms Company
A firearm designed to fire a single cartridge, eject the empty case and reload the chamber each time the trigger is pulled.
It uses the energy from the fired shot to eject the empty case and feed the next round into the chamber.
The Monte Carlo comb came to rifles via shotgun stocks. It
rises well above the ordinary comb line of the stock at the
butt and tapers downward toward the point of the comb. This
raised portion of the stock lifts the face of the shooter and his
or her line of sight well above the standard elevation provided
by the classic style. However, the same amount of drop is
maintained at the buttstock. A shooter with a long neck who
often has trouble getting his or her face down far enough on
the comb of the regular stock benefits from the Monte Carlo
A type of machine gun or autocannon that uses an external source of power to cycle the firearm.
The rear end of a rifle or shotgun. (The portion that rests against the shoulder.)
A small hinged or sliding door covering the ejection port of a firearm to prevent detritus from clogging the works.
German for Hand-Cocking or Cocker/De-Cocker. A type of action on a break-open gun or rifle where, in place of a traditional top tang safety,
a somewhat more robust tab is fitted. Normally such a gun is carried in the field loaded, but with the action not cocked,
an exceedingly safe condition. Then, when ready to fire, the shooter, instead of pushing a safety tab forward,
pushes this larger tab forward, cocking the mainspring, making the gun ready to fire.
Then, if the shot is not taken, he may simply slide this tab rearwards again, de-cocking the gun
and returning it to the still-loaded, but very safe position.
Round knob, semi pistol grip.
A metal jacketed bullet design in which the nose of the core of the bullet is exposed to ensure the expansion of the bullet upon impact.
Often abbreviated "JSP" or "SP." They tend to expand more slowly than a Hollow Point bullet and are used where deeper penetration and expansion are needed.
The forward end of the bolt which supports the base of the cartridge and contains the firing pin.
Two firearms that are manufactured identical in every way and are sequentially serial numbered and are sold as a set.
The most common type of matched pair guns are cowboy style revolvers for a couple of reasons, both guns will feel exactly the same in the hands and they make the set more collectable.
In a handgun that does not have a hammer, the striker is a linear driven, spring loaded cylindrical part which strikes the primer of a chambered cartridge.
The striker replaces both the hammer and firing pin found in hammer driven pistols.
Synonymous with "handgun." A gun that is generally held in one hand. It may be of the single-shot, multi-barrel, repeating or semi-automatic variety and includes revolvers.
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