The Definition of Kentucky Rifle
Usually referred to as a Kentucky Long Rifle or simply Longrifle, the Kentucky Rifle is a flintlock rifle with a long barrel and short, crooked stock. It is widely believed to be a largely unique development of American rifles that was uncommon in European rifles of the same period.
The Kentucky Long Rifleis an early example of a firearm using rifling, (spiral grooves in the bore). This gave the projectile, commonly a round lead ball, a spiraling motion, increasing the stability of the trajectory.
Rifled firearms saw their first major combat usage in the American colonies during the Seven Years war, and later the American Revolution in the eighteenth century.
19 Other Firearms Definitions You Need To Know
A short, lightweight rifle. Some are small enough for a young child to easily handle, while others are large enough to perfectly suit teenagers, average-sized adult women, and small-statured adult males.
A gun with more than one barrel, the most common being the double-barreled shotgun.
A stock on a long gun that can be shoved into itself to shorten it, either for storage or to make the gun fit shooters of different sizes.
An armor-piercing shell must withstand the shock of punching through armor plating. Shells designed for this purpose
have a greatly strengthened case with a specially hardened and shaped nose,
and a much smaller bursting charge.
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.
The four rules of firearms safety,were originally introduced in the early 1900's by various shooting education sources (with varying phrasing, but same implications), they apply every single time a firearm is handled in any way or for any reason. The NRA
teaches the Three Rules of Safe Gun Handling.
Rule One: All guns are always loaded. (Treat all guns as if they are loaded, no matter what!)
Rule Two: Never point your firearm at anything you are not willing to destroy.
Rule Three: Never put your finger on the trigger unless your sights are on target (and you have made the decision to fire).
Rule Four: Be sure of your target and what is behind it.
A three-barrel gun.
Typically it has two shotgun barrels side by side on the top, with a third rifle barrel underneath.
This provides a very versatile firearm capable of taking winged animals as well as big game.
It also is useful in jurisdictions where a person is only allowed to own a single firearm.
The detachable plate at the bottom of the cartridge magazine.
A swing-out arm on a revolver, to which the cylinder is
mounted when opened facilitates loading and cleaning.
A handgun or rifle shooting sport in which the competitors attempt to knock over metallic game-shaped targets at various ranges.
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.
The slang term for the procedure to clear a misfeed. To clear a misfeed, tap the base of the magazine firmly to be sure it is properly seated,
rack the slide to eject an empty case or feed a new round, and assess to
be sure your target still needs shooting. If it does, pull the trigger to create the bang.
A specialized firearm used underwater that is fired when in direct contact with the target.
Abbreviation for Close Quarters Combat.
An underpowered powder charge, usually caused by a fault in cartridge loading, often insufficient to expel a projectile from the muzzle of a firearm.
If such a blockage is not cleared, the next attempted shot could cause the barrel at least to bulge, and very possibly to burst.
If the trigger is able to continue moving to the rear after the shot has fired, the trigger is said to over-travel.