The Definition of Howdah Pistol
Normally, a break-open, double-barrel, side-by-side pistol of large calibre, used by
a maharaja when hunting tiger on the back of his elephant (in the howdah, the basket compartment in which he sits).
The howdah pistol is the weapon of last resort in case the tiger tries to join him in the howdah.
19 Other Firearms Definitions You Need To Know
A handgun-style fully automatic or burst-mode firearm.
A machine pistol is not the same thing as a Submachine Gun
An optical sight, offering some magnification, often variable, with some kind of adjustable aiming grid inside (a reticle),
which when mounted on a firearm, usually a rifle, makes sighting easier.
An air gun that shoots a skirted pellet.
A mechanical device to make it easier to fill magazines using less hand strength and without hurting one's fingertips or thumbs.
A person living in the State of Oregon that is a firm supporter of the Second Amendment (plus the other nine Bill of Rights amendments) and generally will also be a firearms enthusiast.
In other words "A Gun Loving Red Blooded American that Hails from The State of Oregon"
The frequency at which a firearm can fire its projectiles.
A device fitted inside the buttstock of a heavily-recoiling gun or rifle, usually containing mercury and a valve.
As the gun recoils, the mercury is displaced temporarily, increasing the duration, and thus diminishing the
perceived impact of the recoil. The added half-pound of weight doesn't hurt either.
The spotter is a helper who gives the shooter guidance on how to hit a particular target.
In some cases the spotter may just report the location of the bullet impact. In other cases they may judge the speed and direction of
the wind, determine the range, and give the shooter the settings to be used on the sights.
An inert ammunition-shaped object, used in practice to simulate misfeeds and other malfunctions. Some folks also use them during dry fire practice to cushion the firing pin as it strikes.
Also called black powder, gunpowder is a mixture of sulfur, charcoal, and potassium nitrate. It burns rapidly,
producing a volume of hot gas made up of carbon dioxide, water, and nitrogen, and a solid residue of potassium sulfide.
Because of its burning properties and the amount of heat and gas volume that it generates, gunpowder has been widely used as a propellant
in firearms and as a pyrotechnic composition in fireworks. The term gunpowder also refers broadly to any propellant powder.
Modern firearms do not use the traditional gunpowder (black powder) described here, but instead use smokeless powder.
The housing for a firearm's breech (portion of the barrel with chamber into which a cartridge or projectile is loaded) and firing mechanism.
In semi-automatic handguns and revolvers, this part is typically called the frame.
The Soviet Union's standard military and police side arm from 1951 to 1991 replacing the Tokarev TT-33 semi-automatic pistol and the Nagant M1895 revolver.
Designed by Nikolay Fyodorovich Makarov, it is a blowback operated semiautomatic pistol which fires the 9x18mm Makarov cartridge, and holds 8 rounds in the magazine.
To hit someone with the grip of a pistol.
An established place where firearms and ammunition are stored, repaired, or manufactured.
The term is misused by the media to mean more than one firearm or any quantity of ammunition, as in "they found an arsenal."
To jerk a firearm off target inadvertently in the instant of firing in timid anticipation of recoil. Commonly caused by learning to shoot with a gun more powerful then they are ready for.
A shoulder-fired long gun which has a rifled barrel.
A Moon Clip that hold enough rounds to load only a portion (usually half capacity) of a revolvers cylinder.