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The Definition of Monte Carlo Stock

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Monte Carlo Stock

A rifle or shotgun stock that has a Monte Carlo style comb


19 Other Firearms Definitions You Need To Know


Picatinny Rail

A metal bar, available in a variety of lengths, with a continuous row of Weaver-like scope mount base slots, which when attached to a firearm, allow convenient attachment of a variety of sights, lights, slings, bipods and other accessories designed to fit this standard system.

Mushroomed Bullet

A description of a bullet whose forward diameter has expanded after penetration.

Quad Barrelled

A gun, typically artillery, with four barrels, such as the ZPU

Patch Box

Covered compartment in the buttstock of a muzzle-loading rifle used to carry patches or other small items.

Nose

The point of a projectile.

Grip Safety

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.

Single Shot

A firearm that is only capable of holding one shot at a time. Each round must be loaded into the chamber manually by hand before each shot.

Colt

A firearms manufacturer started by Samuel Colt in 1855. Colt is most famous for the revolvers they invented and built in the 1800's and the semi-automatic pistol model 1911 designed by John Moses Browning, and for being the first manufacturer of the AR-15 type rifles.

Fulminate Of Mercury

A highly sensitive explosive used as a primer compound.

Six O'Clock Hold

A sight picture of when the center of the target rests on top of the front sight when the sights are properly aligned. Also see center hold and cover hold.

Backstop

Anything that will safely stop a bullet and prevent it from hitting anything else after the target is struck.

Feed Ramp

An inclined, polished area on a repeating firearm, just behind the chamber, that helps guide a cartridge into the chamber when pushed forward by the closing bolt or slide.

NRA

The National Rifle Association. This organization coordinates shooting events on a national level, provides firearms training to civilians and law enforcement, fights restrictive firearms legislation and supports the constitutional right of law abiding citizens to own and carry firearms.

Casket Magazine

A quad stack box magazine.

SP

Abbreviation for soft point

CCL

Abbreviation for Concealed Carry License.

Machine Pistol

A handgun-style fully automatic or burst-mode firearm.
A machine pistol is not the same thing as a Submachine Gun

Matchlock

A black powder muzzleloading firearm action which relies upon a serpentine or S-shaped piece of metal to hold a smoldering match. By pressing the lower end of the serpentine, the upper end holding the burning match contacts the priming powder in the pan.

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