The Definition of Handloading
The process of assembling cartridge case, bullet or shot, wads and primer to produce a complete cartridge with the use of
hand tools in the interest of loading for firearms for which cartridges are not available, experimenting with loads
to achieve better performance, or to save money. Not to be attempted without knowledgeable instruction and careful study of the process.
19 Other Firearms Definitions You Need To Know
Originally used to describe the spherical projectile used in black powder firearms,
now also used to refer to a fully jacketed bullet of cylindrical profile capped with a round nose
Covered compartment in the buttstock of a rifle used to carry patches or other small items.
A constriction at or near the muzzle of a shotgun barrel that affects shot dispersion.
A larger class of machine gun..
The sliding metal dowel located at the muzzle end of a revolver cylinder.
After firing, the shooter opens the cylinder and depresses the front end of the ejection rod, which forces the empty cases out of the cylinder.
Same as Follower. A plate, mounted to the top of a spring, inside a magazine, over which cartridges may slide smoothly as they are guided into the chamber of a repeating firearm.
A bullet that is designed to disintegrate into tiny particles upon impact to minimize their penetration for reasons of range safety,
to limit environmental impact, or to limit the danger behind the intended target. Examples are the Glaser Safety Slug and the breaching round.
Abbreviation for Cartridge Overall Length.
A premature, unintended discharge of a firearm that occurs as a round is being loaded into the chamber.
Slang for eye protection. Referes to either goggles or safety glasses
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.
Sometimes spelled Quad Rail.
First conceived and sold by Knights Armament Company in the mid 90s when Reed Knight saw soldiers duct taping flashlights to their handguards in news footage of Panama, the quad rail has become almost a standard item found on most military rifles. Quad rails allow easy attachment of accessories which aid tactical shooters, such as lights, infrared lasers, foregrips, sling attachment points, and secondary sighting systems.
However, nowadays, any full length forearms on an AR, with or without rails may also be refered to as a Quadrail.
A laser sight is an alternative sighting device which enables the shooter to quickly and accurately see where the firearm is aimed even
when lighting or other conditions prevent using the gun's normal sights. Lasers may be located within the grips,
hung from accessory rails at the front end of the gun, or placed within the firearm.
A type of airgun that shoots spherical non-metallic pellets.
Single shot pistols, of a design originating in England, in vogue circa 1770 - 1850, built necessarily in pairs, either of flintlock or percussion ignition,
usually finely made and cased together with loading accessories. Dueling pistols tended to be lighter and sleeker than their contemporary service pistols.
They tended to have smoothbore (or sometimes secret, scratch-rifling), octagon (or octagon-to-round) barrels around nine or ten inches long of some form of damascus steel,
bores just over a half-inch, ramrods, rudimentary sights front and rear, single-set triggers, roller-bearing frizzens and curved grips integral with full or half-stocks.
They were usually of high quality construction, sometimes with silver furniture, but normally of relatively plain decoration.
Checkering, applied to the otherwise-unfinished butt end of a gunstock.
A type of aperture rear sight with a large opening and a thin rim that seems to fade out when the shooter looks through it.
Sometimes installed on rifles and shotguns intended for home defense or police use.