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
A popular term for a short barreled repeating shotgun as frequently used in law enforcement and personal protection.
A term used in artillery to indicate a projectile impact beyond the designated target.
A shotgun with two barrels, usually of the same gauge or bore.
The two types of double-barreled shotguns are over/under (abbreviated as O/U or OU),
in which the two barrels are stacked on top of each other, and side-by-side (abbreviated as SxS),
in which the two barrels sit beside each other. See photo at right for example of side-by-side double-barreled shotgun.
For double-barreled guns that use one shotgun barrel and one rifle barrel, see combination gun.
A type of internal hammer side by side shotgun boxlock action.
It was patented in 1875 and is the essence of simplicity utilizing only two springs and three moving parts (per barrel).
One of the most successful action designs ever, and still produced to this day by most SxS shotgun manufacturers.
Usually a telescopic firearm sight.
Attribute of a break-open gun whereby the barrels drop down simply by pressing the toplever without muscling them
open manually. The Holland & Holland system utilizes a coil spring within a cylindrical housing mounted just ahead of the forward lump to urge the barrels open.
The Purdey system utilizes residual energy remaining in the mainspring after the gun has been fired.
Both systems enable a shooter to load more quickly when birds are coming fast.
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.
Racking the slide incorrectly by allowing your hand to rest upon the slide as it moves forward during the loading procedure. Riding the slide is a common cause of misfeeds and other malfunctions.
A concave, semi-cylindrical surface cut into the forward lump of a barrel set of a break-open firearm which revolves about the hinge-pin when the gun is opened.
The device that aids the eye in aiming the barrel of a firearm in the proper direction to hit a target.They can be a mechanical, optical,
or electronic device. Iron sights or sometimes as open sights, consist of specially-shaped pieces of metal placed at each end of the barrel.
The sight closest to the muzzle end of the gun is called the front sight,
while the one farthest from the muzzle (and nearest to the shooter) is called the rear sight.
A constriction at or near the muzzle of a shotgun barrel that affects shot dispersion.
A chemical phosphate process developed during the second world war to provide an economical, durable and non-reflective surface finish to military firearms.
The entire process of moving the trigger from its forward-most position to its rearward-most position, causing the hammer to fall and the shot to fire.
Informal shooting at any of a variety of inanimate targets.
The diameter of the bore of a firearm measured as a fraction of an inch.
Although such a measurement may be frequently stated in millimeters.
It is correctly expressed as ".40 caliber" (note the decimal point) or as "10 millimeter"
(without "caliber" or the leading decimal point). Caliber numbers when used to identify the size of the
bullet a gun will file are usually followed by words or letters to create the complete name of the cartridge.
These letters often represent a brand name or an abbreviation for the name of the company that first introduced the round.
The Monte Carlo comb came to rifles via shotgun stocks. It
rises well above the ordinary comb line of the stock at the
butt and tapers downward toward the point of the comb. This
raised portion of the stock lifts the face of the shooter and his
or her line of sight well above the standard elevation provided
by the classic style. However, the same amount of drop is
maintained at the buttstock. A shooter with a long neck who
often has trouble getting his or her face down far enough on
the comb of the regular stock benefits from the Monte Carlo
The point where the projectile from a firearm hits.