The Definition of Casehardening
A heat-treating process that incorporates carbon into the surface molecular
structure of the steel, providing a hard-wearing surface without making the entire
receiver brittle. The parts to be casehardened are packed in a crucible with
carbon-rich media such as bone meal and charcoal, heated to bright orange, about
1800°F, then quenched in bubbling oil. Also
19 Other Firearms Definitions You Need To Know
A pair of small dovetailed steel bases, screwed usually one to the barrel and one to the front receiver ring of a rifle,
to accept mounts for target scopes such as the Unertl where the scope is allowed to move forward in the rings under
the recoil of the rifle and which typically carry the windage and elevation adjustments in the mount.
The NRA teaches the Three Basic Rules of Safe Gun Handling.
There are additional rules, but these are the three that if any two are followed, nobody will be hurt. However, obviously, all three should
always be followed.
Rule One: ALWAYS keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.
The NRA established these three rules in 1871. They were created to be easy to understand and remember,
ensuring the highest possible level of firearm safety.
Rule Two: ALWAYS keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.
Rule Three: ALWAYS keep the gun unloaded until ready to use.
See also The Four Rules
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.
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.
Some triggers can be pulled slightly backwards before the shooter can feel any tension and before
the hammer or striker begins to retract. Pre-travel is any movement of the trigger that begins before the trigger starts to engage.
A type of aperture rear sight with a large opening and a thin rim that seems to fade out when the shooter looks through it.
Sometimes installed on rifles and shotguns intended for home defense or police use.
Abbreviation for Accidental Discharge
The handle on a pistol. Can also refer to a vertical grip behind the trigger on a rifle.
The firing mechanism of a break-open gun which may be removed for inspection or cleaning without the use of tools.
The release latch may be plainly visible or concealed. A feature typically seen on sidelock guns but also on the Westley Richards "droplock" boxlock action.
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.
A deluxe set of several different associated weapons, being any combination of rifle, shotgun, various handguns, and possibly a knife or two, cased together with appropriate cleaning and loading tools.
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.
Also called black powder, gunpowder is 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. The term gunpowder also refers broadly to any propellant powder.
Modern firearms do not use the traditional gunpowder (black powder) described here, but instead use smokeless powder.
A rifle or carbine with a one-piece stock extending to the muzzle. Sometimes called a Mannlicher stock,
although such a term is confusing because Mannlicher Schoenauer rifles are built with both full and half stocks.
Traditional in Europe for close-range woodland hunting, but not noted for extreme, long-range accuracy.
A metal jacketed bullet design in which the nose of the core of the bullet is exposed to ensure the expansion of the bullet upon impact.
Often abbreviated "JSP" or "SP." They tend to expand more slowly than a Hollow Point bullet and are used where deeper penetration and expansion are needed.
A higher quality item used to increase accuracy, generally used for competition in a match. Match grade ammo and barrels are the most common improvements made to a firearm to improve accuracy for competition.
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.
A hand tool used in the field for inserting live
and removing spent primers from cartridges.