The Definition of Center Hold
19 Other Firearms Definitions You Need To Know
A unit of adjustment for a sight.
The degree to which the barrel(s) of a break-open gun drop down; the size of the opening space, which should be sufficient to allow for ease of loading, unloading and properly-functioning ejection. A good gape is easier to achieve on a side-by-side than an over & under where the bottom barrel is well-enclosed by the action body.
A device on a firearm which, when operated, results in the hammer or striker being cocked or moved to the ready position.
Covered compartment in the buttstock of a muzzle-loading rifle used to carry patches or other small items.
A strap, usually of leather or sturdy webbing, fitted to the fore and aft (usually) of a rifle as an aid to carrying over the shoulder and as an aid to holding the rifle steadily while aiming.
Latin word meaning "for war." It is actually the proper name of the semiautomatic pistol commonly known in the USA as the "Luger. Because of that pistol and the ammunition created for it, the common 9mm cartridge used nowadays is also known as 9mm Parabellum or 9mm Luger."
A generally non-magnifying optical device that has an optically collimated reticle, allowing the user to look through a partially reflecting glass element and see a parallax free cross hair or other projected aiming point superimposed on the field of view. Invented in 1900 but not generally used on firearms until reliably illuminated versions were invented in the late 1970s (usually referred to by the abbreviation "reflex sight").
A type of internal safety that prevents the firing pin from moving forward for any reason unless the trigger is pulled.
National Firearms Act of 1934.
Enacted on June 26, 1934, currently codified as amended as I.R.C. ch. 53, is an Act of Congress in the United States that, in general, imposes
a statutory excise tax on the manufacture and transfer of certain firearms and mandates the registration of those firearms.
The Act was passed shortly after the repeal of Prohibition. The NFA is also referred to as Title II of the Federal firearms laws.
A constriction at or near the muzzle of a shotgun barrel that affects shot dispersion.
A type of iron sights that glow or shine in the dark, intended for use in low light conditions. Some night sights consist of tiny tubes of tritium, while others use a phosphorus paint.
More commonly known as WRF, it is a family of rimfire cartridges designed by Winchester Repeating Arms Company
A firearm manufactured by someone who is not a regular maker of firearms.
A self-loading firearm whose breechblock and barrel are not positively locked together, but which incorporates a mechanism which initially restricts the breechblock from moving when fired, delaying its opening.
The face of the action of a break-open firearm which houses the firing pins and receives the direct recoil of the fired round.
A type of firearm action in which the guns's bolt is operated manually by the opening and closing of the breech (barrel) with a small handle. As the handle is operated, the bolt is unlocked, the breech is opened, the spent shell casing is withdrawn and ejected, the firing pin is cocked, and finally a new round/shell (if available) is placed into the breech and the bolt closed.
Abbreviation for Light Double Action
Abreviation for short-barreled shotgun.
Abbreviation for Double Action
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