The Definition of Hollow-Point Bullet
A type of expanding bullet with a concavity in its nose to increase expansion on penetration of a solid target.
Some hollow-point's are also designed to fragment as they expand. They are least likely to
over-penetrate the target and harm an innocent bystander. Commonly used for self-defense.
19 Other Firearms Definitions You Need To Know
Damage that is unintended or incidental to the intended outcome.
The amount of rearward force exerted by the propellant gases on the bolt or breech of a firearm action or breech when a projectile is fired.
The applied force has both magnitude and direction, making it a vector quantity.
Abbreviation for Double Action Only. Is a type of firearm in which the firing mechanism cannot be cocked in a single-action stage. Firing always occurs as a double-action sequence where pulling the trigger both cocks and then fires the gun.
A rapidly burning powder made by absorbing nitroglycerine into nitrocellulose (guncotton).
A shotgun term which refers to the manner in which the pellets spread out as they exit the gun.
"The pattern" refers to the overall shape of the entire set. A tight pattern is one in which the pellets are closely grouped when they land on target.
A loose pattern is one in which the pellets are widely spread.
The "packaged" components that are needed in order to fire in a case or shell holding a primer,
(which produces the spark) a charge of propellant (gunpowder) and a projectile (bullets, slug or pellets.)
Sometimes called "fixed ammunition" to differentiate from the individual components placed separately in muzzleloaders.
A single unit of ammunition in modern firearms is called a cartridge. The units of measure for quantity of ammunition is rounds.
There are hundreds of sizes of ammunition, examples include .223 Remington, 9mm Luger, 30.06, .308 Winchester,
.300 Winchester Magnum, and .50 Browning Machine Gun (BMG). The ammunition used must match the firearm.
A shooting sport that simulates the use of a small arm in its intended role either as a tool for hunting or personal defense.
True practical shooting limits the small arms, ammunition, and accessories used to those items that would actually be used in the role simulated.
Abbreviation for Close Quarters Combat.
A type of internal safety that prevents the firing pin from moving forward for any reason unless the trigger is pulled.
German for Hand-Cocking or Cocker/De-Cocker. A type of action on a break-open gun or rifle where, in place of a traditional top tang safety,
a somewhat more robust tab is fitted. Normally such a gun is carried in the field loaded, but with the action not cocked,
an exceedingly safe condition. Then, when ready to fire, the shooter, instead of pushing a safety tab forward,
pushes this larger tab forward, cocking the mainspring, making the gun ready to fire.
Then, if the shot is not taken, he may simply slide this tab rearwards again, de-cocking the gun
and returning it to the still-loaded, but very safe position.
Abbreviation for Concealed Carry Permit.
To hit someone with the grip of a pistol.
Is a failure of the next round to completely enter the chamber. Misfeeds and failures to feed are very similar, a
failure to feed is a round that never even leaves the top of the magazine, while a misfeed is a
round that leaves the magazine but does not enter the chamber.
A misfeed or other failure to fire which can be cleared on the spot and without tools.
The paper filler at the rear of the powder charge of the shotgun shell.
An unexpected and undesirable discharge of a firearm caused by circumstances beyond the control of the participant(s) such as a mechanical failure or parts breakage.
There are very, very few firearms related "accidents" and if the "Three Rules" are followed there will hopefully be no injury.
Accidental Discharge should not be confused with "Negligent Discharge".
How the shooter positions her body while shooting. The three most widely used handgun stances are
A groove or indention around the circumference of a bullet. Its purpose is to permit the cartridge casing to be
crimped tightly against the bullet shank to hold it firmly to the casing. A groove or indention around the
circumference of a bullet. Its purpose is to permit the cartridge casing to be crimped tightly against the
bullet shank to hold it firmly to the casing.