The Definition of Dram
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.
19 Other Firearms Definitions You Need To Know
The action of moving live cartridges from the magazine of a firearm into the chamber.
Targets that do something when you hit them, such as fall over, burst, send up smoke, or make a noise.
The part of a revolver's frame connecting the recoil shield to the barrel-mounting recess; adding considerable strength compared to that
of early black powder Colt revolvers, and providing a base for a rear sight.
A cosmetic process to enhance the looks of firearm parts, such as the bolt. The look is created with an abrasive brush and compound that roughs the surface of the metal in a circular pattern.
A type of firearm in which the action is in the open position and the chamber empty prior to firing.
When the trigger is pressed the bolt moves forward, chambering a cartridge and firing it and returning
to the open position. When firing is stopped the bolt remains open and the chamber empty.
Abbreviation for Center Of Mass.
A feature on some guns which allows various aftermarket accessories to be attached the firearm such as flashlights or lasers.
On pistols, if equipped, the rail is on the underside of the frame below the barrel.
On rifles, a rain can be found above or below the barrel, with AR type rifles, the forestock can be made of rails allowing all kinds of attachments in various positions.
Common term for federally restricted "short-barreled shotgun (rifle)" as with a conventional shotgun with barrel less than 18" (rifle less than 16") or overall length less than 26.
A pocketed belt for holding ammunition and cartridges. It was usually slung over the chest.
Bandoliers are now rare because most military arms use magazines which are not well-suited to being stored in such a manner.
They are, however, still commonly used with shotguns, as individual 12 gauge shells can easily be stored in traditionally designed bandoliers.
A firearm's ability to be fired fully automatically, semi-automatically or, in some cases, in burst-fire mode at the option of the firer.
Can also be spelled Over/Under, OverUnder or Over and Under.
A firearm (most commonly a shotgun) with two barrels that are vertically aligned with each other, one on top of the other.
An air gun that shoots a skirted pellet.
In shotgunning, multiple pellets contained in the shell and sent downrange when the shotgun is fired.
A rifle with a relatively short barrel.
A black powder muzzleloading firearm action which relies upon a serpentine or S-shaped piece of metal to hold a smoldering match.
By pressing the lower end of the serpentine,
the upper end holding the burning match contacts the priming powder in the pan.
Gun Control Act of 1968.
It is a U.S. federal law that regulates the firearms industry and firearms owners. It primarily focuses on regulating interstate commerce in firearms by
generally prohibiting interstate firearms transfers except among licensed manufacturers, dealers and importers.
It also prohibits all convicted felons, drug users and the mentally ill from buying guns amd raised the age to purchase handguns from a federally licensed dealer to 21.
One of the three major dismountable components of a break-open gun (the others being the barrel(s) and the action/buttstock)
which secures the barrels to the receiver, often houses the ejector mechanism, and for some, provides a handle for the one's secondary hand.