The Definition of Bore Axis
An imaginary line which runs right down the center of the handgun's barrel and out though the back end of the gun.
A handgun may have a high bore axis, with the imaginary line running out into space well above the shooter's hand.
Or it may have a low bore axis, with the imaginary line running either straight through the shooter's hand or
just skimming the surface slightly above her hand. A high bore axis tends to create greater perceived recoil
and more muzzle flip when firing the gun than does a low bore axis.
19 Other Firearms Definitions You Need To Know
Sometimes spelled Quad Rail.
First conceived and sold by Knights Armament Company in the mid 90s when Reed Knight saw soldiers duct taping flashlights to their handguards in news footage of Panama, the quad rail has become almost a standard item found on most military rifles. Quad rails allow easy attachment of accessories which aid tactical shooters, such as lights, infrared lasers, foregrips, sling attachment points, and secondary sighting systems.
However, nowadays, any full length forearms on an AR, with or without rails may also be refered to as a Quadrail.
Recoil operation is an operating mechanism used in locked-breech, autoloading firearms. As the name implies, these actions use the force of recoil to provide energy to cycle the action.
The entire process of making the trigger complete its journey past the trigger break.
A shotgun barrel that has a bore diameter increased beyond standard specifications, but less than the SAAMI maximum.
Done in an attempt to reduce felt recoil, improve patterning, or change the balance of the shotgun.
The portion of the receiver which is threaded so the barrel can be attached to it.
Slang word for short barreled revolver.
A firearm configuration where the magazine and action are behind the trigger.
The edge on the base of a cartridge case which stops the progress of the case into the chamber.
Also call a Muzzle Brake. A device attached to or made as part of a firearms barrel designed to reduce recoil or muzzle movement on firing.
They generally increase muzzle blast.
A quad stack box magazine.
Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994.
It is an act of Congress dealing with crime and law enforcement that became law in 1994.
Of the sections of the bill, it included the Federal Assault Weapons Ban.
Hidden from view. A handgun is concealed when it is carried in such a manner that is unseen.
A shooting sport where cometitors use three different guns on each stage of the competion; shotgun, rifle and handgun.
Although a misused term (even within the firearms industry), Long Colt is a designation for an ammunition cartrige developed by Colt mainly used for revolvers. The actual designation is Colt instead of Long Colt.
The term Long Colt was originally coined to avoid confusion between the .45 Colt and .45 ACP cartridges
Simple clips made of metal or sometimes plastic that hold several rounds of ammunition in a row and is used to quickly fill a magazine.
If the trigger is able to continue moving to the rear after the shot has fired, the trigger is said to over-travel.
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