The Definition of Checkering
A regular pattern of fine grooves cut into
the surface of a stock to aid in gripping a gun. Originally done for utility only,
checkering has become an art form in itself; craftsmen adorning the borders with ribbons,
fleur-de-lys, floral carving, etc. The amount of coverage, the precise regularity, and the
number of lines per inch indicate the quality of the work. Too-fine checkering, however,
defeats the purpose of the work altogether.
19 Other Firearms Definitions You Need To Know
A lever on a break-open gun mounted to the top of the receiver which, when pushed with the thumb (normally) to the right, operates (usually) a
Scott Spindle, which in turn withdraws (usually) a Purdey Underbolt from the bites in the lumps of the barrels,
allowing them to hinge downwards and the gun to open.
A railgun is an electrically powered electromagnetic projectile launcher based on similar principles to the homopolar motor.
Using a magnetic field powered by electricity, a rail gun can accelerate a projectile up to 52,493 feet (16,000 meters) per second.
A railgun consists of two parallel metal rails (hence the name) connected to an electrical power supply. When a conductive projectile is inserted between the rails (at the end connected to the power supply), it completes the circuit. Electrons flow from the negative terminal of the power supply up the negative rail, across the projectile, and down the positive rail, back to the power supply.
A double-action semi-automatic firearm which is designed to have a much lighter trigger pull than is usual for a double action.
Yanking the trigger back abruptly, thus pulling the muzzle of the gun downward at the moment the shot fires.
A safety lever or button found on the outer surfaces of the firearm and is accessible to the user. Enabling the external safety should prevent accidental pulling of the trigger. However, the best safety is always you.
A fully automatic firearm that fires pistol ammunition.
Fouling of a firearm bore by metal particles from bullets adhering to the metal surface caused by heat or friction.
An offset of a gun stock to the right, so
that the line of sight aligns comfortably with the right eye while the butt of the stock
rests comfortably on the right shoulder. Almost all right-handed shooters benefit from a
little castoff and most custom built guns are made this way. The only question is how
much. The castoff of a gun is about right when, with the gun comfortably mounted, the
front bead lines up with the center of the standing breech.
A stock offset to the left, for shooting from the left shoulder is said to be
A rifle with a relatively short barrel.
A line, either imaginary or marked, from which people shoot their firearms down range.
A small lever mounted to the cocking piece of a Winchester Model 70 rifle, rotating on a vertical axis from front (Fire),
halfway back (Safe, but allowing bolt movement), and fully back (Bolt and firing pin locked Safe).
While, like the Mauser, commendable for locking the firing pin instead of just the trigger,
its fore and aft movement is both easier to operate and it allows lower mounting of telescopic sights,
reducing parallax between the line of sight and the line of the bore and increasing the range of
distances for which the scope may be reliably sighted-in.
By convention, powerfully loaded shotgun cartridges for hunting are generally manufactured with relatively longer brass end-caps than lower
powered cartridges intended for target shooting. While different-sized brass bases are of virtually no consequence to the strength of the
shell in relation to the steel breech of the gun itself, they do help the shooter identify the relative power of cartridges at a glance.
The earliest type of gun, now also popular as modern-made replicas, in which blackpowder and projectile(s) are
separately loaded in through the muzzle. The term is often applied to cap-and-ball revolvers where the loading is
done not actually through the muzzle but through the open ends of the cylinder's chambers.
A rifle front sight with a extra-large, folding bead. Typically, in addition to the normal fine bead (which allows for more precision) the larger bead,
while at a cost of potential accuracy, is more readily acquired in marginal light. Also called a Gloaming sight
As in Trapdoor buttplate or Trapdoor Pistol Grip Cap, one of these articles of furniture including a hinged plate,
covering a small compartment below in which may be stored several extra cartridges, sight bits, extra springs or pins, cleaning rod, etc.
A shooting position in which one or both knees are touching the ground, but the shooter is otherwise erect.
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.
Usually a circular or oval band of metal, horn or plastic that goes around the trigger to provide both protection and safety in shooting circumstances.
The shooter's finger should never be within the trigger guard unless the sights are on target and the shooter has made the decision to fire.
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