The Definition of High Brass
By convention, powerfully loaded shotgun cartridges for hunting are generally manufactured with relatively longer brass end-caps than lower
powered cartridges intended for target shooting. While different-sized brass bases are of virtually no consequence to the strength of the
shell in relation to the steel breech of the gun itself, they do help the shooter identify the relative power of cartridges at a glance.
19 Other Firearms Definitions You Need To Know
The opening in the bottom of the gun into which a box magazine is fed. On a semi-auto handgun,
the magazine well is at the base of the grip; on a rifle, it is usually placed in front of the trigger guard.
Openings at the muzzle end of the gun through which some of the spent gases can escape.
Porting reduces perceived recoil and lessens muzzle rise but increases the noise and flash.
The point at which the trigger allows the hammer to fall, or releases the striker, so that the shot fires. The ideal trigger break is sudden and definite.
"Like a glass rod" is the cliche term shooters use to describe the ideal crisp, clean break.
The frame designation that Smith and Wesson uses for their extra large framed revolvers like the S&W Model 500 and S&W 460XVR
A slang term for a small inexpensive handgun. Saturday night specials have been defined as compact, inexpensive,
small-caliber handguns with perceived low quality; however, there is no official definition of "Saturday night special" under federal law,
though some states define "Saturday night specials" or "junk guns" by means of composition or materials strength.
Low cost and high availability make these weapons attractive to many buyers despite their shortcomings.
Abbreviation for Arsenal Exchange or ArsenalExchange.com. Example in a sentence is "Have you seen the latest postings on AE?
AE is also the abreviation for Action Express. .50 Action Express (.50 AE) is a large caliber handgun cartridge. It was developed in 1988 by Evan Whildin of Action Arms.
A firearm that has had numerous careful machining cuts
taken in its exterior with a view to exposing and demonstrating the functioning
of critical parts of its mechanism
A rapidly burning powder made by absorbing nitroglycerine into nitrocellulose (guncotton).
The back part of a rifle or shotgun, excluding the receiver.
A device used to reduce the time and/or effort needed to reload a firearm's magazine.
A larger class of machine gun..
A type of firearm action which uses a lever located around the trigger guard area,
(often including the trigger guard itself) to load fresh cartridges into the chamber of the barrel when the lever is worked.
The degree to which the barrel(s) of a break-open gun drop down; the size of the opening space,
which should be sufficient to allow for ease of loading, unloading and properly-functioning ejection.
A good gape is easier to achieve on a side-by-side than an over & under where the bottom barrel is well-enclosed by the action body.
A semi-automatic is said to be out of battery when the slide fails to come all the way forward again after the
gun has fired. This condition can be created by a misfeed, a dirty gun, weak springs, the shooter's
thumbs brushing against the slide, riding the slide, or any of several other causes.
An expanding bullet is a bullet designed to expand on impact, increasing in diameter to limit penetration and/or produce a larger diameter wound.
The two typical designs are the hollow point bullet and the soft point bullet.
See also Dum-Dum Bullet
An extra flange behind the bolt handle, at the rear of a bolt action receiver (notably the Mauser Model 1898),
which uses the bolt handle as an extra locking surface in the extremely unlikely event of forward bolt lug failure.
A shotgun with two barrels which are situated next to each other. Somtimes also abreviated as SxS.