The Definition of Black Powder
Also known as Gun Powder.
A mixture of sulfur, charcoal, and potassium nitrate. It burns rapidly, producing a volume of hot gas made up of carbon dioxide, water, and nitrogen, and a solid residue of potassium sulfide.
Because of its burning properties and the amount of heat and gas volume that it generates, gunpowder has been widely used as a propellant in firearms and as a
pyrotechnic composition in fireworks.
Modern firearms do not use the traditional black powder described here, but instead use smokeless powder.
19 Other Firearms Definitions You Need To Know
A shotgun pattern with a hole in the middle generally caused by the interference of the top wad.
A device used to load magazines or revolver cylinders quicker than by hand.
The proper adjustment of the various interrelated moving parts of a gun so that every operation works in proper sequence, such as that the two ejectors
of a double gun kick out the spent cases at the same instant and with the same force.
Anything that will safely stop a bullet and prevent it from hitting anything else after the target is struck.
A constriction at or near the muzzle of a shotgun barrel that affects shot dispersion.
A strap, usually of leather or sturdy webbing, fitted to the fore and aft (usually) of a rifle as an aid to carrying over the shoulder and as an aid to holding the rifle steadily while aiming.
Abbreviation for Concealed Firearms License.
How the shooter positions her body while shooting. The three most widely used handgun stances are
Synonymous with pistol. A small, short-barreled firearm designed to be fired while held in one or both hands, possibly small enough to be concealed on the person, rather than while braced against the shoulder. The term includes antique dueling pistols, modern single-shot, semi-automatic pistols and revolvers.
A device, incorporated into the design of most firearms actions that, when engaged, should prevent the discharge of the firearm.
Some safeties are more positive than others. A safety device is not a perfect substitute for the general principles
of responsible gun handling. Never point a gun in a direction you do not intend to shoot
A small hole in the barrel of a gas-operated firearm through which expanding gases escape to power the autoloading system.
The top of the butt-end of a gun stock.
A cartridge in which the base diameter is the same as the body diameter. The casing will normally have an extraction groove machined around it near the base,
creating a "rim" at the base that is the same diameter as the body diameter.
Usually a telescopic firearm sight.
A highly sensitive explosive used as a primer compound.
To jerk a firearm off target inadvertently in the instant of firing in timid anticipation of recoil. Commonly caused by learning to shoot with a gun more powerful then they are ready for.
A short stock, often ideally sized for teenagers, average-sized adult women, and small-statured adult males.
The front sight is placed at the muzzle end of the barrel. It is often (but not always) in the form of a dot or a blade.
To attain a proper sight picture and shoot with the greatest degree of accuracy, the shooter's eye
should be focused sharply upon the front sight while shooting, allowing both the rear sight and the target to blur somewhat.
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.
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