The Definition of Fore-End
Also spelled Forend.
That part of the stock forward of the action and located below the barrel or barrels.
It is designed to give the shooter a place to hold the front end of the gun and protects the shooter's hand from getting burned on the hot barrel.
19 Other Firearms Definitions You Need To Know
Also known as peep sights, range from the ghost ring sight, whose thin ring blurs to near invisibility (hence ghost), to target aperture sights that use large disks or other occluders with pinhole-sized apertures. In general, the thicker the ring, the more precise the sight, and the thinner the ring, the faster the sight.
The National Rifle Association. This organization coordinates shooting events on a national level, provides firearms training to civilians and law enforcement,
fights restrictive firearms legislation and supports the constitutional right of law abiding citizens to own and carry firearms.
An imaginary straight line from the eye through the sights of a firearm to the target.
A type of mechanism for removing a spent shell casing from the chamber of a firearm and inserting a fresh cartridge into the chamber.
This type of mechanism is most commonly used in shotguns and rimfire rifles.
Firearms designed to be carried and used by an individual or individuals.
A semi-automatic firearm malfunction in which the slide passes entirely over the fresh round, failing to pick it up to insert into the chamber as the slide returns to battery.
A type of cartridge for a firearm that contains gunpowder but no bullet or shot. When fired, the blank makes a flash and an explosive sound (report).
Blanks are often used for simulation (such as in historical reenactments, theatre and movie special effects), training, and for signaling (see starting pistol).
Blank cartridges differ from dummy cartridges and snap caps, which are used for training or function testing firearms; these contain no primer or gunpowder, and are inert.
A front sight assembly, primarily for target rifles, consisting of a tube, housing interchangeable beads and blades. The tube guards against imperfect aiming due to sight pictures influenced by reflections.
A process of filling gaps between the action and the stock of a rifle with an epoxy based material.
The part in the breech mechanism that locks the action against the firing of the cartridge.
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.
A device, incorporated into the design of most firearms actions that, when engaged, should prevent the discharge of the firearm.
Some safeties are more positive than others. A safety device is not a perfect substitute for the general principles
of responsible gun handling. Never point a gun in a direction you do not intend to shoot
The person who supervises stores and distributes supplies and provisions.
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.
Shrinking the neck of an existing cartridge to make it use a bullet of a different caliber. A typical process used in the creation of wildcat cartridges.
On a pump-action firearm, being too gentle with the fore-end and either not pulling it all the way back at the beginning of the stroke,
or not shoving it all the way forward at the end of the stroke. Which may result in the old case or shell failing to eject and a misfeeds, or the gun
will not fire when the trigger is pulled. The term is used most often to refer to pump-action shotguns, but it is possible to similarly short-stroke any type of
firearm which requires the user to manually cycle the action (lever action rifles, for example).
An early form of muzzle-loading revolver wherein, instead of the current practice of having one barrel mated to a multi-chambered rotating cylinder,
multiple joined barrels revolve together around a central axis.