The Definition of Muzzle Brake
An attachment to or integral part of the barrel that redirects some of the pressurized gas that propelled the bullet out
the muzzle to the sides and possibly rearwards from the direction of the bullet travel. This reduces the recoil of the firearm.
19 Other Firearms Definitions You Need To Know
A shotgun term which refers to the manner in which the pellets spread out as they exit the gun.
"The pattern" refers to the overall shape of the entire set. A tight pattern is one in which the pellets are closely grouped when they land on target.
A loose pattern is one in which the pellets are widely spread.
Head [of a Stock]. The forward end of a buttstock, where it meets the receiver and accepts the bulk of the gun's recoil when fired.
A shoulder-fired long gun which has a rifled barrel.
A quad stack box magazine.
Abbreviation for Concealed Firearms Permit.
A misfeed or other failure to fire which can be cleared on the spot and without tools.
Any piece that projects from a firearm for the purpose of attaching something to it.
For example barrel lugs are used to attach a break-action shotgun barrel to the action itself.
If the firearm is a revolver, the term may also refer to a protrusion under the barrel that adds weight,
thereby stabilizing the gun during aiming, mitigating recoil, and reducing muzzle flip. A full lug extends all the way to the muzzle,
while a half lug extends only partially down the barrel. On a swing-out-cylinder revolver, the lug is slotted to accommodate the ejector rod.
Originally, live pigeons were used as targets, but they were gradually replaced with clay disks and ultimately banned. Later clay has been replaced with more suitable raw materials.
A type of expanding bullet with a concavity in its nose to increase expansion on penetration of a solid target.
Some hollow-point's are also designed to fragment as they expand. They are least likely to
over-penetrate the target and harm an innocent bystander. Commonly used for self-defense.
A shotgun, often with only a single relatively-long barrel, with relatively tight choke boring and a relatively high-combed stock used for shooting clay pigeons in the game of Trap,
where the birds are launched at least 16 yards ahead, usually rising and going away from the shooter at relatively low angular velocity.
To better absorb recoil, a trap gun is normally heavier than a field gun because one shoots a lot but walks only a little.
The rear end of a rifle or shotgun. (The portion that rests against the shoulder.)
The speed of a projectile or a load of shot at the point that it exits the muzzle of a firearm, normally expressed feet per second.
Slang for a full metal jacket bullet with a round nose.
The term is most commonly used in referring to .45 ACP caliber ammunition, but may be used for other calibers as well.
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.
A swing-out arm on a revolver, to which the cylinder is
mounted when opened facilitates loading and cleaning.
A small metal tube extending through the breech of a percussion firearm through which the flame passes from the percussion cap to fire the powder charge.
The superheated air created by burning powder. A gas-operated firearm is one that uses the energy from these superheated gases to work the action in semi-automatic and automatic guns.
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