The Definition of Magnum
From the Latin for "more."
A term indicating a relatively heavily loaded metallic cartridge or shotshell and a gun safely constructed to fire it.
It generally indicates a round which cannot be interchanged with other loadings of the same caliber (for example, a .22 Magnum shell does not fit within a firearm designed to fire .22 Long Rifle ammunition).
19 Other Firearms Definitions You Need To Know
Bull barrels are barrels that are not tapered at all. These very heavy barrels, designed for extreme accuracy, are usually seen on target rifles.
A strong spring which activates the striker or hammer of a firearm.
Yanking the trigger back abruptly, thus pulling the muzzle of the gun downward at the moment the shot fires.
A type of firearm in which the action is in the open position and the chamber empty prior to firing.
When the trigger is pressed the bolt moves forward, chambering a cartridge and firing it and returning
to the open position. When firing is stopped the bolt remains open and the chamber empty.
Also known as a Flash Hider. A muzzle attachment intended to reduce visible muzzle flash caused by the burning propellant.
Flash reducers lessen glare as seen by the shooter, but do not hide the flash from other observers to the front or side of the firearm.
Abbreviation for 'Bad Guy'
The unalienable right of all of the people, stated in the Second Article of The Bill of Rights, to possess and use personally owned firearms for sport, recreation, personal protection, and the defense of the nation.
The forward end of the bolt which supports the base of the cartridge and contains the firing pin.
A fully automatic firearm that fires pistol ammunition.
A rod, for loading and/or cleaning a muzzle-loading
firearm (usually a pistol) that is permanently connected to the gun by some sort
of swivel, so as to be easily utilized, but never lost.
A laser sight is an alternative sighting device which enables the shooter to quickly and accurately see where the firearm is aimed even
when lighting or other conditions prevent using the gun's normal sights. Lasers may be located within the grips,
hung from accessory rails at the front end of the gun, or placed within the firearm.
A trigger that breaks (to release the hammer) easy.
Shrinking the neck of an existing cartridge to make it use a bullet of a different caliber. A typical process used in the creation of wildcat cartridges.
A term often used to refer to the very poor and dangerous practice of rapidly firing many shots at a target as
possible in the hope that one or more may hit the target. This practice is a danger not only to bystanders but also to the shooter.
In shotgunning, multiple pellets contained in the shell and sent downrange when the shotgun is fired.
Expanding the neck of an existing cartridge to make it use a bullet of a different caliber. A typical process used in the creation of wildcat cartridges.
Plugs of hardened steel, precisely machined in relation to the standard dimensional specifications of a given cartridge,
normally in sets of three: "GO", "No-Go" and "Field". By loading these plug-gauges into the chamber in succession,
one can check that the action should close on the "Go" gauge. It should not close on the "No-Go" gauge,
but might were enough force to be used. And, it absolutely should not close on the "Field" gauge.
German for "short." Seen as part of a cartridge designation. On some German manufactured guns that use .380 ACP, the designated caliber is 9mm Kurtz (9mm Short), which is also the same as the Italian 9mm Corto
Latin word meaning "for war." It is actually the proper name of the semiautomatic pistol commonly known in the USA as the "Luger.
Because of that pistol and the ammunition created for it, the common 9mm cartridge used nowadays is also known as 9mm Parabellum or 9mm Luger."