The Definition of Blank
A type of cartridge for a firearm that contains gunpowder but no bullet or shot. When fired, the blank makes a flash and an explosive sound (report).
Blanks are often used for simulation (such as in historical reenactments, theatre and movie special effects), training, and for signaling (see starting pistol).
Blank cartridges differ from dummy cartridges and snap caps, which are used for training or function testing firearms; these contain no primer or gunpowder, and are inert.
19 Other Firearms Definitions You Need To Know
The portion of the stock (on a rifle) or frame (on a pistol) gripped by the trigger hand.
A shotgun pattern with erratic shot distribution, generally caused by gas escaping past the wads and getting into the shot.
Plugs of hardened steel, precisely machined in relation to the standard dimensional specifications of a given cartridge,
normally in sets of three: "GO", "No-Go" and "Field". By loading these plug-gauges into the chamber in succession,
one can check that the action should close on the "Go" gauge. It should not close on the "No-Go" gauge,
but might were enough force to be used. And, it absolutely should not close on the "Field" gauge.
The first shot from a rifle that has been cleaned, and not fired recently may go to a different point of impact, for the same point of aim than a rifle that has been fired recently.
This first shot is referred to as a shot from a cold, clean, bore.
Abbreviation for Close Quarters Combat.
Hearing protection that fits inside the ear canal.
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.
On a pump-action firearm, being too gentle with the fore-end and either not pulling it all the way back at the beginning of the stroke,
or not shoving it all the way forward at the end of the stroke. Which may result in the old case or shell failing to eject and a misfeeds, or the gun
will not fire when the trigger is pulled. The term is used most often to refer to pump-action shotguns, but it is possible to similarly short-stroke any type of
firearm which requires the user to manually cycle the action (lever action rifles, for example).
The area of a gun range where firearms are pointed when they are fired. The area of the range forward of the firing line.
A hammerless single shot action type whereby a breech-block, hinged at the upper rear, operated by an underlever, tilts downward to expose the chamber.
An inclined, polished area on a repeating firearm, just behind the chamber, that helps guide a cartridge into the chamber when pushed forward by the closing bolt or slide.
An empty ammunition case.
Any exercise in which a realistic scenario for the use of specific equipment is simulated.
In the popular lexicon this is applied primarily to tests of weapons or weapon systems that are associated with
the various branches of a nation's armed forces, although the term can be applied to the civilian arena as well.
An established place where firearms and ammunition are stored, repaired, or manufactured.
The term is misused by the media to mean more than one firearm or any quantity of ammunition, as in "they found an arsenal."
A wildcat cartridge that is created by straightening out the sides of an existing case and making a sharper shoulder to maximize powder space.
Frequently the neck length and shoulder position are altered as well. The caliber is NOT changed in the process.
Is a failure of the next round to completely enter the chamber. Misfeeds and failures to feed are very similar, a
failure to feed is a round that never even leaves the top of the magazine, while a misfeed is a
round that leaves the magazine but does not enter the chamber.
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