The Definition of Duelling Pistols
Single shot pistols, of a design originating in England, in vogue circa 1770 - 1850, built necessarily in pairs, either of flintlock or percussion ignition,
usually finely made and cased together with loading accessories. Dueling pistols tended to be lighter and sleeker than their contemporary service pistols.
They tended to have smoothbore (or sometimes secret, scratch-rifling), octagon (or octagon-to-round) barrels around nine or ten inches long of some form of damascus steel,
bores just over a half-inch, ramrods, rudimentary sights front and rear, single-set triggers, roller-bearing frizzens and curved grips integral with full or half-stocks.
They were usually of high quality construction, sometimes with silver furniture, but normally of relatively plain decoration.
19 Other Firearms Definitions You Need To Know
The locking lugs on a break-action firearm that extend from the bottom of the barrels under the chamber(s) and connect into the receiver bottom.
A firearm that automatically loads the next cartridge to be fired into the chamber either upon the pull of the trigger in an open bolt design or upon the firing of the previous round in a close bolt design.
Autoloader should not be confused with Automatic or Semi-Automatic since the term Autoloader only applies to how the next round is chambered not
how many rounds can be fired per trigger pull.
All Automatic and Semi-Automatic firearms are autoloaders. Revolvers, bolt action, lever action and pump action firearms are not autoloaders.
The forward portion of a bottlenecked cartridge case. Also the portion of a rifle chamber in which the neck of the cartridge case rests.
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 length, within a rifled barrel, required to accomplish one full rotation. 1:12 Twist, means a bullet passing down the bore would complete one revolution in twelve inches.
1:7 Twist, means a bullet passing down the bore would complete one revolution in seven inches, which makes it a tighter twist than 1:12.
Different weights of bullet require appropriate rates of twist.
A stun grenade, also known as a flash grenade, is a non-lethal explosive device used to temporarily disorient an enemy's senses.
It is designed to produce a blinding flash of light and intensely loud noise "bang" of greater than 170 decibels (dB)
without causing permanent injury. It was first developed by the British Army's SAS in the 1960s.
The flash produced momentarily activates all photoreceptor cells in the eye, making vision impossible for approximately five seconds,
until the eye restores itself to its normal, unstimulated state. The loud blast is meant to cause temporary loss of hearing,
and also disturbs the fluid in the ear, causing loss of balance.
The concussive blast of the detonation can still injure, and the heat created can ignite flammable materials such as fuel.
The fires that occurred during the Iranian Embassy siege in London were caused by stun grenades.
From the Latin for "more."
A term indicating a relatively heavily loaded metallic cartridge or shotshell and a gun safely constructed to fire it.
It generally indicates a round which cannot be interchanged with other loadings of the same caliber (for example, a .22 Magnum shell does not fit within a firearm designed to fire .22 Long Rifle ammunition).
A constriction at or near the muzzle of a shotgun barrel that affects shot dispersion.
The point of the trigger's return at which the gun's internal mechanisms are ready to fire another round.
A shotgun, generally stocked to shoot where it is pointed and of relatively light weight because one often carries it a great distance for upland birds,
the consequent recoil not being an important factor because one actually shoots it very little.
The hinged cover over the opening through which cartridges are inserted into the magazine.
Front, metal, part of a handgun's grip, which together with the backstrap, provides a mounting frame for the grip panels.
A horizontal wedge, press-fit through the forend of a vintage gun, through a lump
attached to the underside of the barrel and out the other side of the forend.
To secure the forend in position. Also called a crosspin or a wedge fastener.
Two firearms that are manufactured identical in every way and are sequentially serial numbered and are sold as a set.
The most common type of matched pair guns are cowboy style revolvers for a couple of reasons, both guns will feel exactly the same in the hands and they make the set more collectable.
Any type of accessory that can be attached to a firearm's rail.
The process of assembling cartridge case, bullet or shot, wads and primer to produce a complete cartridge with the use of
hand tools in the interest of loading for firearms for which cartridges are not available, experimenting with loads
to achieve better performance, or to save money. Not to be attempted without knowledgeable instruction and careful study of the process.
Abbreviation for Concealed Carry License.
A process of filling gaps between the action and the stock of a rifle with an epoxy based material.
Two independent rifles, built on one frame, designed to allow two virtually instantaneously quick, totally reliable shots.
The barrels may be arranged either side-by-side or over-and-under. The apogee of the gunmaker's art.
Particularly useful against dangerous game, which may be moving, and in your direction, with vengeance on its mind.