The Definition of Monte Carlo Comb
Monte Carlo Comb
The Monte Carlo comb came to rifles via shotgun stocks. It
rises well above the ordinary comb line of the stock at the
butt and tapers downward toward the point of the comb. This
raised portion of the stock lifts the face of the shooter and his
or her line of sight well above the standard elevation provided
by the classic style. However, the same amount of drop is
maintained at the buttstock. A shooter with a long neck who
often has trouble getting his or her face down far enough on
the comb of the regular stock benefits from the Monte Carlo
19 Other Firearms Definitions You Need To Know
The tendency of a bullet to tip in flight and hit a target sideways, leaving a distinctly oblong hole.
This destabilization of the spinning bullet in flight is typically caused by a bullet weight inappropriate
for the rate of twist of the rifled barrel, an out-of-balance bullet or its having nicked an impediment such as a blade of grass, in flight.
To bring the butt of a long gun's stock to the shooter's shoulder, preparatory to firing the gun.
A type of shotgun ammunition which uses very small pellets with individual projectiles of less than .24" in diameter
designed to be discharged in quantity from the shotgun. The size of the shot is given as a number or letter--
with the larger number the smaller the shot size. It is so named because it is most often used for hunting birds.
The finest size generally used is #9 which is approximately .08" in diameter and the largest common size is #2 which is approximately .15"
The point of a projectile.
Abbreviation for Caliber.
A passive, external safety typically located on the backstrap, which must be fully depressed to release the trigger. Most 1911-pattern pistols feature a grip safety.
Protective plates, usually of steel or horn, covering the top and bottom of a gunstock's butt only (the heel and the toe); leaving wood exposed in the center
The wearing away of a barrel's metal surface by a bullet or shot charge or by the heat of powder gases.
A small metal cup that contains a tiny explosive charge that is sensitive to impact.
A primer is placed in the base of a shell casing to ignite the powder of the completed cartridge.
It is detonated by the striking of a firing pin in the firearm.
Usually a circular or oval band of metal, horn or plastic that goes around the trigger to provide both protection and safety in shooting circumstances.
The shooter's finger should never be within the trigger guard unless the sights are on target and the shooter has made the decision to fire.
Usually a rifle, but not always.
A small-caliber firearm or high-powered air gun primarily used for hunting
non-native or non-game animals such as rats, squirrels, gophers, jackrabbits, marmots, groundhogs, porcupine, opossum, coyote, skunks, weasels,
and other animals considered to be nuisance vermin destructive to native or domestic plants and animals.
The process of a bullet expanding under pressure to fit the bore of the firearm, or a cartridge case expanding under pressure to seal the chamber.
Covered compartment in the buttstock of a muzzle-loading rifle used to carry patches or other small items.
A concave, semi-cylindrical surface cut into the forward lump of a barrel set of a break-open firearm which revolves about the hinge-pin when the gun is opened.
The wearing of the portion of the barrel where the gas pressure and heat is highest as the projectile leaves the chamber.
The greater the chamber pressure the more rapid throat erosion occurs which is compounded by rapid firing which heats and weakens the steel.
The forward portion of a bottlenecked cartridge case. Also the portion of a rifle chamber in which the neck of the cartridge case rests.
A shotgun shooting sport that combines elements of skeet and trap, and that is designed to simulate field conditions.
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