The Definition of Luger
American name for the German "Parabellum" semiautomatic pistol introduced in 1900.
The Parabellum was designed by Georg Luger, and based on the earlier Borchardt pistol.
The official German military nomenclature was "Pistole '08" or "Po8." At first, it was chambered for the 7.65mm Parabellum round.
Soon, it was modified to use the 9mm Parabellum cartridge, which is what most people refer to today when talking about a 9mm cartridge.
"Luger" is now a trademark owned by the Stoeger Arms Co.
19 Other Firearms Definitions You Need To Know
Abbreviation for feet per second. A term used in expressing the velocity of a bullet.
The distance travelled by a projectile from the point where it strikes the target to the point where it stops.
A trigger that breaks (to release the hammer) easy.
The earliest type of gun, now also popular as modern-made replicas, in which blackpowder and projectile(s) are
separately loaded in through the muzzle. The term is often applied to cap-and-ball revolvers where the loading is
done not actually through the muzzle but through the open ends of the cylinder's chambers.
An offset of a gun stock to the left, so
that the line of sight aligns comfortably with the left eye while the butt of the stock
rests comfortably on the left shoulder. Almost all left-handed shooters benefit from a
little caston and most custom built guns are made this way. The only question is how
much. The caston of a gun is about right when, with the gun comfortably mounted, the
front bead lines up with the center of the standing breech.
A stock offset to the right, for shooting from the right shoulder is said to be
A stout flange, invariably incorporated into the underside of the front receiver ring of a bolt action, and also frequently
incorporated into the underside of the barrel of a heavily-recoiling rifle, which when properly bedded, transfers recoil to the stock.
Simple clips made of metal or sometimes plastic that hold several rounds of ammunition in a row and is used to quickly fill a magazine.
The rear sight is placed at the end of the barrel nearest the shooter. It may be in the shape of a square notch, a U, a V, a ring,
or simply two dots designed to be visually placed on either side of the front sight while shooting.
Anything that will safely stop a bullet and prevent it from hitting anything else after the target is struck.
The person who supervises stores and distributes supplies and provisions.
The point where the projectile from a firearm hits.
a type of fighting in which small units engage the enemy with personal weapons at very short range,
potentially to the point of hand-to-hand combat or fighting with hand weapons such as swords or knives.
An inexact, non-technical term indicating a magazine holding more rounds than might be considered "average.".
A term used in artillery to indicate a projectile impact beyond the designated target.
A swing-out arm on a revolver, to which the cylinder is
mounted when opened facilitates loading and cleaning.
Abbreviation for Long Rifle. Typically used in the .22 caliber cartridge designation .22LR. However can be used as an abbreviation for Kentucky Long Rifle
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 safety which the shooter must deliberately disengage in order to fire the gun. The most common form of safety mechanism is a
switch that, when set to the "safe" position, prevents a pull of the trigger from firing the firearm.
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