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 trigger that breaks from an extremely light touch.
To bring the butt of a long gun's stock to the shooter's shoulder, preparatory to firing the gun.
a non-magnifying gun sight that allows the user to look through a glass optical window and see a cross hair
reticle image superimposed at a distance on the field of view.
The hologram of the reticle is built into the window and is illuminated by a laser diode.
The tendency of a firearm when fired to move backwards, and a little upwards as a reaction to the force of the projectile moving down the barrel.
As Newton says, to every action there is always an equal and opposite reaction. The mass of the firearm provides some inertia to counteract the momentum of recoil.
What remains is absorbed by at the shoulder or the hand. The heavier the gun, the less the recoil. The more powerful the cartridge, the more the recoil.
A phenomenon which is often grouped with hammer bite. In this case the web of the shooting hand is cut or abraded by
the rearward motion of the semi-automatic pistol's slide, not by the gun's hammer.
This most often occurs with small pistols like the Walther PPK and Walther TPH that have an abbreviated grip tang.
This problem is exacerbated by the sharp machining found on many firearms.
Any piece of clothing that covers the holstered gun. When the gun is worn on the belt, the most common types of cover garments are vests, sweaters, and jackets.
An empty ammunition case.
Slang term for a firearm sound suppressor.
The National Rifle Association. This organization coordinates shooting events on a national level, provides firearms training to civilians and law enforcement,
fights restrictive firearms legislation and supports the constitutional right of law abiding citizens to own and carry firearms.
In the Traditional Isosceles
Both arms are stretched almost equally forward with the gun centered forward.
The knees are straight or only slightly flexed, and the entire body is upright and parallel to the target.
This is an acceptable range stance provided recoil control is not an issue and you don't need to make rapid follow-up shots.
However, if you are practicing for self-defense, you will probably want to use the Modern Isosceles stance stance instead.
A small metal tube extending through the breech of a percussion firearm through which the flame passes from the percussion cap to fire the powder charge.
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.
Smith & Wesson term for a revolver grip design introduced in the 1930s where the top of the grip extends higher than it had in earlier configurations, to provide a more comfortable hold.
A firearm that can be separated into (at least) two subassemblies in order to make a shorter package than when put together, without tools.
There is no specific requirement regarding how this disassembly must be accomplished; the mechanical design is up to the creativity of the maker.
This arrangement allows for more convenient transportation of a firearm, but with rifles, where the action normally separates from the barrel, usually at a small sacrifice in accuracy.
Takedown firearms can also be called take-apart firearms.
Good examples of a takedown guns are the Henry AR-7 Survival Rifle, the Ruger 10/22 Takedown or the TNW Aero.
A mechanical safety that prevents a gun from firing when it is unintentionally dropped.
A semi-automatic pistol in which the barrel and breechblock are locked together for only a short distance of rearward recoil travel,
at which point the two are uncoupled, the barrel is stopped and the breechblock continues rearward, extracting the spent casing from the chamber.
Upon returning forward, the breechblock chambers a fresh round and forces the barrel back into its forward position.
Most modern recoil operated semi-automatic pistols use short recoil.
A passage built into a firearm to allow the safe conduct of unexpected gas, as from a pierced primer, to minimize damage both to the gun and to the shooter.