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The Definition of Flat Nose

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Flat Nose

A bullet shape with a flat nose rather than a rounded one.


19 Other Firearms Definitions You Need To Know


Crown

The area inside the bore nearest to the muzzle.

Muzzle

The open end of the barrel from which the projectile exits.

Benchrest

A device used (usually set on a counter) to support a shooters arms and/or hands to help make steadier shots.

Pitch

The angle of the butt of a gun in relation to the line of sight. Pitch is measured by resting the gun with its butt flat on a floor, the top of the receiver against a wall and its muzzle pointing up. The distance of the muzzle from the wall is the gun's pitch down.

Mouse Gun

A name for any palm sized handgun which fires a small caliber.

Cover Garment

Any piece of clothing that covers the holstered gun. When the gun is worn on the belt, the most common types of cover garments are vests, sweaters, and jackets.

Shot

In shotgunning, multiple pellets contained in the shell and sent downrange when the shotgun is fired.

Trigger Scale

A specialized type of hanging scale designed to test trigger pull weight.

BG

Abbreviation for 'Bad Guy'

Slide Lock

A slang term for slide catch.

Cheekpiece

A broad, flat, raised area on the side of a buttstock.

Light Machine Gun

A machine gun that is designed to be carried and opperated by a single person.

Rate of Fire

The frequency at which a firearm can fire its projectiles.

Powder

The chemical propellant which is burned to produce the hot gases which send the projectile flying downrange.

Full Stock

A rifle or carbine with a one-piece stock extending to the muzzle. Sometimes called a Mannlicher stock, although such a term is confusing because Mannlicher Schoenauer rifles are built with both full and half stocks. Traditional in Europe for close-range woodland hunting, but not noted for extreme, long-range accuracy.

Naked Bullet

A bullet not covered by a metal jacket or patch.

Neck

The forward portion of a bottlenecked cartridge case. Also the portion of a rifle chamber in which the neck of the cartridge case rests.

Slide

The upper portion of a semi-automatic pistol that houses the barrel and contains the breechblock and portions of the firing mechanism. Ejecting the spent case as it moves to the rear and loading a fresh cartridge into the chamber as it moves forward again. As its name states, it slides along tracks in the top of the frame during the recoil process providing the linkage between the breechblock and barrel.

Co-Witness Sighting

Co-Witness Sighting is the use of any iron sight mounted onto a rifle that is fitted with an optical sight as a primary sighting system. They come in two basic configurations, fixed or flip-up. The idea is that if you align your red dot and your iron sights you have a backup aiming system on the gun.