The Definition of Bolt
The mechanism of some firearms that holds the cartridge in place during the firing process.
It must be moved out of the way to load and unload the gun; this action may be manually performed
by the shooter pulling back on an exterior knob called the bolt handle and then sending it forward again, or the action may be performed
by other moving parts within the firearm. When the user must move the bolt manually, the firearm is called a bolt-action firearm.
19 Other Firearms Definitions You Need To Know
Checkering, applied to the otherwise-unfinished butt end of a gunstock.
A second, folding or pop-up front sight bead of larger than usual size, perhaps not as accurate as a normal fine bead, but easier to see in the gloaming (twilight) or dawn.
A type of airgun that shoots spherical non-metallic pellets.
A shotgun, generally stocked to shoot where it is pointed and of relatively light weight because one often carries it a great distance for upland birds,
the consequent recoil not being an important factor because one actually shoots it very little.
A device fitted inside the buttstock of a heavily-recoiling gun or rifle, usually containing mercury and a valve.
As the gun recoils, the mercury is displaced temporarily, increasing the duration, and thus diminishing the
perceived impact of the recoil. The added half-pound of weight doesn't hurt either.
Shrinking the neck of an existing cartridge to make it use a bullet of a different caliber. A typical process used in the creation of wildcat cartridges.
The correct technical term for the ability of a projectile to incapacitate an animal or human shot with a firearm. Incorrectly called Stopping Power.
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.
A constriction at or near the muzzle of a shotgun barrel that affects shot dispersion.
Gun Control Act of 1968.
It is a U.S. federal law that regulates the firearms industry and firearms owners. It primarily focuses on regulating interstate commerce in firearms by
generally prohibiting interstate firearms transfers except among licensed manufacturers, dealers and importers.
It also prohibits all convicted felons, drug users and the mentally ill from buying guns amd raised the age to purchase handguns from a federally licensed dealer to 21.
The speed at which a projectile travels. Velocity is usually measured in feet per second or metres per second.
A firearm is loaded when a cartridge is in its firing chamber. However, for safety reasons all firearms are always treated as loaded at all times.
Sloppy movement (slack) of a trigger before the actual point of let-off.
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.
Unloading a gun and double checking that it is unloaded or fixing a malfunction so that the gun is ready to fire again.
Abbreviation for Long Rifle. Typically used in the .22 caliber cartridge designation .22LR. However can be used as an abbreviation for Kentucky Long Rifle
A tendency for layers of air of different temperatures near the warm ground to cause refraction in the line of sight and disturbance of the perceived point of aim.