The Definition of Derringer
A small single-shot or multi-barreled pocket pistol. 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.
19 Other Firearms Definitions You Need To Know
A trigger that doesn't have to travel very far before it reaches the break. In a 1911 semi-auto pistol, a short trigger is a different part than a long trigger,
and (in addition to providing less motion) it features a shorter reach which may be of benefit to a small-handed shooter.
On guns (mainly shotguns) that have two barrels, there is a trigger for each barrel that work independently from each other.
A craftsman's signature stamp, discretely placed to identify his work.
The open end of the barrel from which the projectile exits.
Anything a person can hide behind that will probably stopp a bullet.
The spotter is a helper who gives the shooter guidance on how to hit a particular target.
In some cases the spotter may just report the location of the bullet impact. In other cases they may judge the speed and direction of
the wind, determine the range, and give the shooter the settings to be used on the sights.
The forward portion of a bottlenecked cartridge case. Also the portion of a rifle chamber in which the neck of the cartridge case rests.
An oversized, lightweight housing that allows a sub-calibre projectile to be fired in a larger-diameter bore, usually in the interest of increased velocity.
The sabot falls away from the actual projectile upon exiting the muzzle.
For example, a hunter could use his .30-30 deer rifle to shoot small game with .22 centerfire bullets.
Markings impressed into the base of a cartridge case, normally identifying the maker's name, the cartridge calibre designation, and sometimes the date.
Firearms which are of special interest to collectors by reason of some quality
other than is associated with firearms intended for sporting use or as offensive or
defensive weapons. To be recognized as curios or relics, firearms must fall within one of
the following categories:
A special Curios or Relics license is available from the BATF, which allows collectors to buy eligible firearms in interstate commerce.
- Firearms which were manufactured at least 50 years prior to the current date, but not
including replicas thereof;
- Firearms which are certified by the curator of a municipal, State, or Federal museum
which exhibits firearms to be curios or relics of museum interest; and
- Any other firearms which derive a substantial part of their monetary value from the fact
that they are novel, rare, bizarre, or because of their association with some historical
figure, period, or event. Proof of qualification of a particular firearm under this
category may be established by evidence of present value and evidence that like firearms
are not available except as collector's items, or that the value of like firearms
available in ordinary channels is substantially less.
A highly sensitive explosive used as a primer compound.
The firing mechanism of a break-open gun which may be removed for inspection or cleaning without the use of tools.
The release latch may be plainly visible or concealed. A feature typically seen on sidelock guns but also on the Westley Richards "droplock" boxlock action.
The point at which the trigger allows the hammer to fall, or releases the striker, so that the shot fires. The ideal trigger break is sudden and definite.
"Like a glass rod" is the cliche term shooters use to describe the ideal crisp, clean break.
A gun, typically artillery, with four barrels, such as the ZPU
A matrix of dots, posts or lines, visible inside a rifle's telescopic sight, normally adjustable via exterior knobs for windage and elevation.
After careful adjustment at a known range, the shooter aims the rifle by superimposing this matrix onto the target. With good estimation or range,
cooperation from the wind, a clear eye and a steady hand, he may have a reasonable expectation of hitting his target.
A hollow, piece of metal (or plastic in the case of a shotgun shell) that is closed on one end except for a small hole which holds a primer.
The open end holds the bullet. The hollow portion holds the powder.
Together the assembled unit is called a cartridge.
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."