The Definition of Deringer
The original small single-shot or multi-barreled pocket pistol designed and manufactured by Henry Deringer of Philadelphia.
Derringers (spelled with two Rs) are called that because of the original desinger and anmufactuturer of that
type of gun, Henry Deringer. To get around copyright infringment other designers and manufacturers spell the name with two Rs.
However guns designed and built by Deringer are spelled with only one R
19 Other Firearms Definitions You Need To Know
Sometimes spelled Bi-Pod.
A support device that is similar to a tripod or monopod, but with two legs. On firearms, bipods are commonly used on rifles to provide a forward rest and reduce motion.
The bipod permits the operator to rest the weapon on the ground, a low wall, or other object, reducing operator fatigue and permitting increased accuracy.
An opening. The ejection port is the opening in the side of a semi-auto from which spent cases are ejected.
The tapered rear end of a bullet. This design is used to increase ballistic efficiency at long range.
The superheated air created by burning powder. A gas-operated firearm is one that uses the energy from these superheated gases to work the action in semi-automatic and automatic guns.
A unit of measure traditionally used for black powder shotgun charges. Today, used for smokeless powders on the basis of the new propellant's
equivalent performance to that weight of black powder. Thus, a shotgun shell marked 3 - 1 1/8
would be loaded with the smokeless powder equivalent of 3 drams of black powder, and with 1 ounce of shot. 1 Dram = 1/16 ounce = 437.5 grains.
The cross-shaped object seen in the center of a firearm scope. Its more-proper name is reticle.
Slang word for short barreled revolver.
Abbreviation for Course of Fire.
The upper portion of a semi-automatic pistol that houses the barrel and contains the breechblock and portions of the firing mechanism.
Ejecting the spent case as it moves to the rear and loading a fresh cartridge into the chamber as it moves forward again.
As its name states, it slides along tracks in the top of the frame during the recoil process providing the linkage between
the breechblock and barrel.
Shooting a target at a very very close range.
An expanding bullet is a bullet designed to expand on impact, increasing in diameter to limit penetration and/or produce a larger diameter wound.
The two typical designs are the hollow point bullet and the soft point bullet.
See also Dum-Dum Bullet
A series of projections on the bolt of a firearm designed to fit into corresponding slots in the receiver to lock the action in closed position for firing.
This is the area in the barrel that is directly forward of the chamber, which tapers to the bore diameter.
The amount of rearward force exerted by the propellant gases on the bolt or breech of a firearm action or breech when a projectile is fired.
The applied force has both magnitude and direction, making it a vector quantity. This is also known as
Bolt Thrust on firearms that are Bolt Action
The rear end of the barrel into which the cartridge is inserted
The farthest distance that a target of a given size can be hit without holding over or under with the sights.
The exact range is determined by the performance of the cartridge used, the ZERO range, and the accepted size of the target area.
This term is not to be confused with point blank shooting.
Dummy cartridges with spring-loaded "primers" used to test the mechanical functioning of a firearm, particularly the trigger
pulls, hammer-fall and ejector-timing of a break-open gun. It is not advisable to dry-fire a break-open gun on an empty chamber.
Hardened steel parts can shatter without the soft brass primer to act as a shock absorber. Snap caps cushion the blow of the hammer and
firing-pin when the use of a live cartridge would be impractical.
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