The Definition of Cordite
A family of smokeless propellants developed and produced in the United Kingdom from 1889 to
replace gunpowder as a military propellant. Like gunpowder, cordite is classified as a low
explosive because of its slow burning rates and consequently low brisance.
The hot gases produced by burning gunpowder or cordite generate sufficient pressure to propel a bullet or shell to its target,
but not enough to destroy the barrel of the firearm, or gun.
19 Other Firearms Definitions You Need To Know
Skirted projectiles used in pellet guns
In the Traditional Isosceles
Both arms are stretched almost equally forward with the gun centered forward.
The knees are straight or only slightly flexed, and the entire body is upright and parallel to the target.
This is an acceptable range stance provided recoil control is not an issue and you don't need to make rapid follow-up shots.
However, if you are practicing for self-defense, you will probably want to use the Modern Isosceles stance stance instead.
A firearm configuration where the magazine and action are behind the trigger.
A shooting position in which one or both knees are touching the ground, but the shooter is otherwise erect.
A rod, for loading and/or cleaning a muzzle-loading
firearm (usually a pistol) that is permanently connected to the gun by some sort
of swivel, so as to be easily utilized, but never lost.
A description of a bullet whose forward diameter has expanded after penetration.
A spring-activated mechanism for the ejection of ammunition or and empty shell casing. On doubles, each barrel has a separate ejector.
The person who supervises stores and distributes supplies and provisions.
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 piece of tooling used to form a sequence of uniform parts through the use of heat and/or pressure; especially, in firearms terminology used to form brass cartridge cases accurately to their correct size for reloading.
a non-magnifying gun sight that allows the user to look through a glass optical window and see a cross hair
reticle image superimposed at a distance on the field of view.
The hologram of the reticle is built into the window and is illuminated by a laser diode.
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.
The hinged cover over the opening through which cartridges are inserted into the magazine.
A built in lock that may prevent the firearm from being fired.
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.
An early system of ignition for muzzle-loading firearms where a priming charge is loaded into a flashpan with a separate,
manually-operated cover. To fire, the cover is opened and then a slowly smoldering wick, held in the nose of the curved arm,
is lowered by means of a lever (precursor to a trigger) to ignite a priming charge which then ignites
the main propellant charge inside the barrel.
The portion of the stock (on a rifle) or frame (on a pistol) gripped by the trigger hand.
Abbreviation for Short Magazine Lee Enfield. The standard British Army rifle from around 1895 to 1957.