The Definition of Hang Fire
An unexpected delay between the triggering of a firearm and the ignition of the propellant.
This failure was common in firearm actions that relied on open primer pans, due to the poor or inconsistent quality of the powder.
Modern weapons are susceptible, particularly if the ammunition has been stored in an environment outside of the design specifications.
Reloaded ammunition may also be the cause if not reloaded properly
19 Other Firearms Definitions You Need To Know
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.
The point at which you are aiming the firearm at.
In a shotgun barrel, A tapered area a few inches from the breech end, providing a transition between the chamber
(approximately the diameter of the outside of a shotgun shell) to the bore proper (approximately the diameter of the inside of a shotgun shell).
The forcing cone provides the transition between the exterior and the interior diameters of the cartridge.
Older shotguns usually have more abrupt forcing cones suitable for then-current thick-walled paper shells with fibre wads.
Newer shotguns usually have more gradual, longer forcing cones suitable for thinner modern plastic shells with obturating plastic shot-cup wads.
An inexact, non-technical term indicating a magazine holding more rounds than might be considered "average.".
The detachable plate at the bottom of the cartridge magazine.
A short cylindrical rod of hardened steel running laterally near the front of the bar of a break-open gun's
action around which the barrel hook revolves when the gun is opened. Over the decades, this pin and its
complimentary hook can wear and a gun can sometimes "shoot loose" or "come off the face." The proper cure
for this condition is to replace the hinge pin with a new one, slightly oversized, to compensate for wear
on both itself and on the barrel hook.
Abbreviation for Cartridge Overall Length.
The firing mechanism of a a muzzle-loading weapon. In breech-loading firearms, the lock is the firing mechanism and breech-sealing assembly.
A firing pin which moves freely forward and backward in the breechblock.
Any exercise in which a realistic scenario for the use of specific equipment is simulated.
In the popular lexicon this is applied primarily to tests of weapons or weapon systems that are associated with
the various branches of a nation's armed forces, although the term can be applied to the civilian arena as well.
A deluxe set of several different associated weapons, being any combination of rifle, shotgun, various handguns, and possibly a knife or two, cased together with appropriate cleaning and loading tools.
The mechanical sighting system which usually comes with the firearm made of metal with no optics.
An external, passive safety which can be found on the face of some trigger designs (most notably found on Glock firearms).
It is intended to prevent the trigger from being pulled by objects which find their way into the trigger guard area.
A measure of projectiles ability to overcome air resistance in flight.
It is inversely proportional to the deceleration—a high number indicates a low deceleration.
Ballistic Coefficient (abbreviated as BC) is a function of mass, diameter, and drag coefficient. In bullets it refers to the amount that drop over distance and wind drift will affect the bullet.
Two shots fired very quickly with the use of the sights.
The substance which imparts movement to the projectile in a firearm. In a firearm, usually powder. In an airgun the propellant is air or Co2
A hollow base bullet, shaped so that, when fired, the bullet will expand and seal the bore.
It was invented by Captain John Norton of the British 34th Regiment in 1832, after he examined the blow pipe arrows used
by the natives in India and found that their base was formed of elastic locus pith, which by its expansion against the
inner surface of the blow pipe prevented the escape of air past it.
An imaginary line which runs right down the center of the handgun's barrel and out though the back end of the gun.
A handgun may have a high bore axis, with the imaginary line running out into space well above the shooter's hand.
Or it may have a low bore axis, with the imaginary line running either straight through the shooter's hand or
just skimming the surface slightly above her hand. A high bore axis tends to create greater perceived recoil
and more muzzle flip when firing the gun than does a low bore axis.
A double-barrel shotgun, with relatively tight choke boring and a relatively high-combed stock used for shooting live pigeons
(euphemistically known as flyers) which normally rise when released. To better absorb recoil, a pigeon gun is normally heavier than
a field gun as one shoots heavy loads and walks only a little. Because of the inevitable expense of this shooting discipline,
pigeon guns are often built to a high standard of quality and reliability in deluxe grades with highly figured walnut stocks and fine engraving.