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
A device on a firearm which, when operated, results in the hammer or striker being cocked or moved to the ready position.
The premier bolt action, whose design by Paul Mauser coalesced in 1898,
and from which were derived the Springfield 1903, the Winchester Model 70 and many others.
A pair of slender and easily-carried wooden dowels or sticks, which when held, crossed, in the fingers of the left hand while also supporting the forend of a rifle,
usually shooting offhand, provides somewhat enhanced stability for a more accurate shot.
Targets that do something when you hit them, such as fall over, burst, send up smoke, or make a noise.
The curved, forward end of the bar of a break-open firearm's action, about which the mounted
forend iron revolves downward. This area should be kept lightly greased to avoid galling the bearing surfaces.
Openings at the muzzle end of the gun through which some of the spent gases can escape.
Porting reduces perceived recoil and lessens muzzle rise but increases the noise and flash.
An attachment to or integral part of the barrel that redirects some of the pressurized gas that propelled the bullet out
the muzzle to the sides and possibly rearwards from the direction of the bullet travel. This reduces the recoil of the firearm.
Slang for a shotgun which is set up specifically to fire a slug (a large, single projectile) rather than shot (multiple projectiles contained within a single shell).
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.
A charge of powder, a projectile or a cartridge. Also, to prepare a gun for firing by inserting ammunition into it.
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.
System of measurement for the internal bore diameter of a smooth-bore firearm based on the diameter of each of that
number of spherical lead balls whose total weight equals one pound.
The internal diameter of a 12 gauge shotgun barrel is therefore equal to the diameter of a lead
ball weighing 1/12 pound, which happens to be .729" (Or in British: Bore.) The Gauge/Bore system is also used, by convention, to describe the internal barrel diameter of large-bore,
19th century, English, single-shot and double-barrel rifles.
A firearm that has had numerous careful machining cuts
taken in its exterior with a view to exposing and demonstrating the functioning
of critical parts of its mechanism
A short, lightweight rifle. Some are small enough for a young child to easily handle, while others are large enough to perfectly suit teenagers, average-sized adult women, and small-statured adult males.
The wearing of the portion of the barrel where the gas pressure and heat is highest as the projectile leaves the chamber.
The greater the chamber pressure the more rapid throat erosion occurs which is compounded by rapid firing which heats and weakens the steel.
A trigger that breaks from an extremely light touch.
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.
On guns (mainly shotguns) that have two barrels, there is a trigger for each barrel that work independently from each other.
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