The Definition of Forend
One of the three major dismountable components of a break-open gun (the others being the barrel(s) and the action/buttstock)
which secures the barrels to the receiver, often houses the ejector mechanism, and for some, provides a handle for the one's secondary hand.
19 Other Firearms Definitions You Need To Know
A type of firearm action which uses a lever located around the trigger guard area,
(often including the trigger guard itself) to load fresh cartridges into the chamber of the barrel when the lever is worked.
Dummy cartridges with spring-loaded "primers" used to test the mechanical functioning of a firearm, particularly the trigger
pulls, hammer-fall and ejector-timing of a break-open gun. It is not advisable to dry-fire a break-open gun on an empty chamber.
Hardened steel parts can shatter without the soft brass primer to act as a shock absorber. Snap caps cushion the blow of the hammer and
firing-pin when the use of a live cartridge would be impractical.
An opening. The ejection port is the opening in the side of a semi-auto from which spent cases are ejected.
German for Hand-Cocking or Cocker/De-Cocker. A type of action on a break-open gun or rifle where, in place of a traditional top tang safety,
a somewhat more robust tab is fitted. Normally such a gun is carried in the field loaded, but with the action not cocked,
an exceedingly safe condition. Then, when ready to fire, the shooter, instead of pushing a safety tab forward,
pushes this larger tab forward, cocking the mainspring, making the gun ready to fire.
Then, if the shot is not taken, he may simply slide this tab rearwards again, de-cocking the gun
and returning it to the still-loaded, but very safe position.
A firearm manufactured by someone who is not a regular maker of firearms.
Common term for federally restricted "short-barreled shotgun (rifle)" as with a conventional shotgun with barrel less than 18" (rifle less than 16") or overall length less than 26.
Abbreviation for Center Of Mass.
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.
A larger class of machine gun..
More commonly known as WRF, it is a family of rimfire cartridges designed by Winchester Repeating Arms Company
Although a misused term (even within the firearms industry), Long Colt is a designation for an ammunition cartrige developed by Colt mainly used for revolvers. The actual designation is Colt instead of Long Colt.
The term Long Colt was originally coined to avoid confusion between the .45 Colt and .45 ACP cartridges
Being aware of and responsible of which direction your firearm is pointed at all times, and always keeping it pointed in a safe direction.
A game of competitive clay pigeon shooting on a formally designed layout. In plan view, one launching machine is located 16 yards in front of a straight line,
firing rising targets perpendicular to and away from that line. Five competitors shoot five individual targets at each of five stations along that line.
Although each target is presented at slightly randomized vectors, trap emphasizes generally a single type of shot, outgoing and rising,
and targets are broken at generally longer ranges than Skeet.
Abbreviation for 'Bad Guy'
A shooting sport that combines both skiing and rifle shooting. It is the only shooting activity in the Winter Olympics.
There is also a summer biathlon which involves running and shooting but it is not yet an Olympic event.
A pair of small dovetailed steel bases, screwed usually one to the barrel and one to the front receiver ring of a rifle,
to accept mounts for target scopes such as the Unertl where the scope is allowed to move forward in the rings under
the recoil of the rifle and which typically carry the windage and elevation adjustments in the mount.
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.
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.
The superheated air created by burning powder. A gas-operated firearm is one that uses the energy from these superheated gases to work the action in semi-automatic and automatic guns.