The Definition of Electronic Firing
The use of an electric current to fire a cartridge, instead of a percussion cap. In an electronic-fired firearm an electric current
is used instead to ignite the propellant, which fires the cartridge as soon as the trigger is pulled.
19 Other Firearms Definitions You Need To Know
An early firearm mechanism in which a wheel with serrated edges is wound against the tension of a strong spring and spins against a piece of iron pyrite, sending a shower of sparks into the pan to ignite the charge.
The Glock pistol, sometimes referred to by the manufacturer as a Glock "Safe Action" Pistol, is a series of polymer-framed, short recoil operated, locked breech semi-automatic pistols designed and produced by Glock Ges.m.b.H., located in Deutsch-Wagram, Austria.
A regular pattern of fine grooves cut into
the surface of a stock to aid in gripping a gun. Originally done for utility only,
checkering has become an art form in itself; craftsmen adorning the borders with ribbons,
fleur-de-lys, floral carving, etc. The amount of coverage, the precise regularity, and the
number of lines per inch indicate the quality of the work. Too-fine checkering, however,
defeats the purpose of the work altogether.
A state of readiness of a firearm. The hammer (or similar mechanism if there is no hammer) only needs to be released by the trigger to cause the gun to fire.
Abbreviation for Caliber.
Not really a gun at all. During the U.S. Civil War,
both sides would take tree branches or tree trunks, paint them black, and position them so that they appeared to be rifles or artillery pieces.
By doing so, they could fool the other side into believing that they had more artillery than they really did.
The mechanical sighting system which usually comes with the firearm made of metal with no optics.
Rifling that is formed by pulling a die made with reverse image of the rifling (the 'button') down the pre-drilled bore of a firearm barrel.
Is a failure of the next round to completely enter the chamber. Misfeeds and failures to feed are very similar, a
failure to feed is a round that never even leaves the top of the magazine, while a misfeed is a
round that leaves the magazine but does not enter the chamber.
Slang for a gun or the action of carrying a gun concealed, e.g "The Bersa Thunder .380 is a fantastic gun for carrying" or "Do you carry?".
Recoil operation is an operating mechanism used in locked-breech, autoloading firearms. As the name implies, these actions use the force of recoil to provide energy to cycle the action.
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.
Is that combination of caliber, barrel length, bullet weight, and case volume which does not
allow the complete burning of the charge of ballistically correct powder within the volume of case and barrel.
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.
The "packaged" components that are needed in order to fire in a case or shell holding a primer,
(which produces the spark) a charge of propellant (gunpowder) and a projectile (bullets, slug or pellets.)
Sometimes called "fixed ammunition" to differentiate from the individual components placed separately in muzzleloaders.
A single unit of ammunition in modern firearms is called a cartridge. The units of measure for quantity of ammunition is rounds.
There are hundreds of sizes of ammunition, examples include .223 Remington, 9mm Luger, 30.06, .308 Winchester,
.300 Winchester Magnum, and .50 Browning Machine Gun (BMG). The ammunition used must match the firearm.
This is the area in the barrel that is directly forward of the chamber, which tapers to the bore diameter.
A highly sensitive explosive used as a primer compound.
A rear barrel sight base, more articulated than having the sight simply dovetailed into the barrel, but not requiring as much gunsmithing as having it mounted onto a proper quarter-rib.
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