The Definition of Handgun
Synonymous with pistol. A small, short-barreled firearm designed to be fired while held in one or both hands, possibly small enough to be concealed on the person, rather than while braced against the shoulder. The term includes antique dueling pistols, modern single-shot, semi-automatic pistols and revolvers.
19 Other Firearms Definitions You Need To Know
The part of the trigger mechanism which holds the hammer or striker back. Pressure on the trigger causes the sear to release the hammer or striker, allowing it to strike the firing pin and discharge the weapon.
Slang term for a firearm sound suppressor.
Slang for eye protection. Referes to either goggles or safety glasses
A claw [scope] mount with openings through which a shooter can use a rifle's iron sights without removing the scope.
Any substance (TNT, etc.) that, through chemical reaction, detonates or violently changes to gas with accompanying heat and pressure.
A rear barrel sight base, more articulated than having the sight simply dovetailed into the barrel, but not requiring as much gunsmithing as having it mounted onto a proper quarter-rib.
Also spelled blueing.
A passivation process in which steel is partially protected against rust, and is named after the blue-black appearance of the resulting protective finish.
True gun bluing is an electrochemical conversion coating resulting from an oxidizing chemical reaction with iron on the surface selectively forming magnetite
(Fe3O4), the black oxide of iron, which occupies the same volume as metallic iron. Bluing is most commonly used by gun manufacturers, gunsmiths and gun
owners to improve the cosmetic appearance of, and provide a measure of corrosion resistance to, their firearms.
Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act of 1993.
The Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act of 1993 mandates background checks of gun buyers in order to prevent sales to people prohibited under the Gun Control Act of 1968 legislation.
Requires checks to be performed through the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).
Records of who has been checked are not preserved because federal law prohibits the creation of a national registry of gun ownership.
Sales by unlicensed private sellers who are not engaged in gun dealing as a business are not subject to the checks under federal law, though they are required by some states.
"V" shaped rear leaf sights mounted to a rifle barrel on a block or on a quarter-rib, sometimes solid standing, sometimes folding,
and often mounted in a row of similar leaves, each of a slightly different height, marked with the range for which each is regulated
The face of the action of a break-open firearm which houses the firing pins and receives the direct recoil of the fired round.
To hit someone with the grip of a pistol.
The manner in which the sights are lined up properly in front of the shooter's eye, to form a straight path to the target.
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
A strap, usually of leather or sturdy webbing, fitted to the fore and aft (usually) of a rifle as an aid to carrying over the shoulder and as an aid to holding the rifle steadily while aiming.
Unloading a gun and double checking that it is unloaded or fixing a malfunction so that the gun is ready to fire again.
A firearm manufactured by someone who is not a regular maker of firearms.
a non-magnifying gun sight that allows the user to look through a glass optical window and see a cross hair
reticle image superimposed at a distance on the field of view.
The hologram of the reticle is built into the window and is illuminated by a laser diode.