The Definition of Group
A set of holes in a target left by a succession of bullets fired from the same rifle or handgun,
using the same ammunition and sight setting. Fired (within the limits of one's marksmanship ability)
to determine the inherent accuracy of the rifle/ammunition combination,
and to aid in the proper adjustment of the sights.
19 Other Firearms Definitions You Need To Know
A firearm that automatically loads the next cartridge to be fired into the chamber either upon the pull of the trigger in an open bolt design or upon the firing of the previous round in a close bolt design.
Autoloader should not be confused with Automatic or Semi-Automatic since the term Autoloader only applies to how the next round is chambered not
how many rounds can be fired per trigger pull.
All Automatic and Semi-Automatic firearms are autoloaders. Revolvers, bolt action, lever action and pump action firearms are not autoloaders.
The correct technical term for the ability of a projectile to incapacitate an animal or human shot with a firearm. Incorrectly called Stopping Power.
Synonymous with "handgun." A gun that is generally held in one hand. It may be of the single-shot, multi-barrel, repeating or semi-automatic variety and includes revolvers.
Two firearms that are manufactured identical in every way and are sequentially serial numbered and are sold as a set.
The most common type of matched pair guns are cowboy style revolvers for a couple of reasons, both guns will feel exactly the same in the hands and they make the set more collectable.
Refers to a revolver frame that has no top-strap over the cylinder.
To prepare or charge a muzzle loader for firing.
A steel ring, around an inch in diameter, mounted to a stud, usually on the left side of the receiver of a carbine,
to which may be tied a leather thong to secure it to a saddle or a scabbard so as not to lose the carbine when riding a rambunctious horse.
The part in the breech mechanism that locks the action against the firing of the cartridge.
Bull barrels are barrels that are not tapered at all. These very heavy barrels, designed for extreme accuracy, are usually seen on target rifles.
German for a short rifle or carbine.
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?".
A popular term for a short barreled repeating shotgun as frequently used in law enforcement and personal protection.
A type of cartridge whose bullet diameter is substantially less than the body diameter of the casing.
A colloquial term to describe a break-open gun, of any quality but often of the very highest,
bearing the least possible decoration; having an all-blued receiver with either no
engraving at all or only a simple borderline.
A second, folding or pop-up front sight bead of larger than usual size, perhaps not as accurate as a normal fine bead, but easier to see in the gloaming (twilight) or dawn.
On guns (mainly shotguns) that have two barrels, there is a trigger for each barrel that work independently from each other.
A unit of adjustment for a sight.
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