The Definition of Hand
In any mechanism, a small lever that engages a notch to actuate movement in one direction only.
Specifically, a small spring-loaded lever attached to the hammer of a revolver which actuates the cylinder to advance one
increment and move the next chamber into battery as the hammer is cocked.
19 Other Firearms Definitions You Need To Know
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.
A small hole in the barrel of a gas-operated firearm through which expanding gases escape to power the autoloading system.
A higher quality item used to increase accuracy, generally used for competition in a match. Match grade ammo and barrels are the most common improvements made to a firearm to improve accuracy for competition.
A slang term for a revolver that holds siz rounds. Usually referring to cowboy style revolvers.
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).
A wildcat cartridge that is created by straightening out the sides of an existing case and making a sharper shoulder to maximize powder space.
Frequently the neck length and shoulder position are altered as well. The caliber is NOT changed in the process.
A magnifying tube through which the shooter may see the target and aim the firearm. Scopes contain a reticle, commonly in the shape of a cross, which must be properly centered upon the target for accurate aim.
A shooting sport where cometitors use three different guns on each stage of the competion; shotgun, rifle and handgun.
More correctly a "rifled slug" or "shotgun slug." An individual cylindrical projectile designed to be discharged from a shotgun. The term is often incorrectly used to mean a Bullet.
A small metal explosive-filled cup which is placed over the nipple of a percussion firearm. As the cap is struck by the hammer, it explodes and sends a flame through the flashhole in the nipple to the main powder charge.
A highly sensitive explosive used as a primer compound.
The ammount pressure needed (measured in pounds) for the trigger finger must put on the trigger before the gun will fire.
Trigger pull weight is measured by the number of pounds and ounces of pressure required to pull the trigger past the break.
An action type that when the trigger is pulled, the only thing the trigger does is drop the hammer (or striker).
This applies to both revolvers, semi-automatic and automatic guns.
On a single action revolver, the gun must be manually cocked before it can be fired.
With semi-automatic and automatic guns that are single action, the only thing the trigger does is drop the hammer, striker or firing pin onto the cartridge.
Then the firearm is cocked again when from the recoil of the fired round.
A firearm that the gun is cocked and the hammer drops when the trigger is pulled is a double action gun.
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.
A three-barrel gun.
Typically it has two shotgun barrels side by side on the top, with a third rifle barrel underneath.
This provides a very versatile firearm capable of taking winged animals as well as big game.
It also is useful in jurisdictions where a person is only allowed to own a single firearm.
A type rimfire rifle cartridge developed by the ammunition company Hornady.
.17 Hornady Magnum Rimfire (4.5×27mmR), commonly known as the .17 HMR, was developed in 2002.
It descended from the .22 Magnum by necking down the .22 Magnum case to take a .17 caliber (4.5 mm) bullet.
A strong spring which activates the striker or hammer of a firearm.