The Definition of Muzzleloader
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.
19 Other Firearms Definitions You Need To Know
A feature on some guns which allows various aftermarket accessories to be attached the firearm such as flashlights or lasers.
On pistols, if equipped, the rail is on the underside of the frame below the barrel.
On rifles, a rain can be found above or below the barrel, with AR type rifles, the forestock can be made of rails allowing all kinds of attachments in various positions.
The practice of modifying military-type firearms either to make them suitable for civilian sporting use.
Common sporterizing includes changing the stock or sights.
The amount of change in the bore axis, measured both vertically and horizontally, while the projectile moves from the chamber to the muzzle when it is fired.
Any malfunction that results in no shot fired when the trigger is pulled. Commonly caused by a failure to feed, bad ammunition or a broken firing pin.
A front sight assembly, primarily for target rifles, consisting of a tube, housing interchangeable beads and blades. The tube guards against imperfect aiming due to sight pictures influenced by reflections.
A specialized facility designed for firearms practice.
The process of assembling cartridge case, bullet or shot, wads and primer to produce a complete cartridge with the use of
hand tools in the interest of loading for firearms for which cartridges are not available, experimenting with loads
to achieve better performance, or to save money. Not to be attempted without knowledgeable instruction and careful study of the process.
The use of an electric current to fire a cartridge, instead of a percussion cap. In an electronic-fired firearm an electric current
is used instead to ignite the propellant, which fires the cartridge as soon as the trigger is pulled.
A process of filling gaps between the action and the stock of a rifle with an epoxy based material.
A rib extension on a break-open gun, ending in a circular or semi-circular shape in plan (resembling the head of a doll),
mating into a similarly-shaped recess in the top of the receiver, designed to resist the tendency of
the barrels to pull away from the standing breech when firing.
Because an action's centerpoint of flexing when firing is at the base of the standing breech, not at the hingepin, a passive doll's
head extension makes an effective extra fastener, even without additional mechanical locks operated by the opening lever.
This is the maximum overall length the cartridge can be (and is expected to be) in order to function properly in magazines and the mag well of a bolt action rifle.
The part of a revolver that holds cartridges in
separate chambers radially around a central hingepin. The cylinder revolves as
the handgun is cocked, , either to the left or to the right depending on the gun maker's design,
bringing each successive cartridge into position, and
locked into alignment with the barrel for firing.
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.
Refers to a revolver frame that has no top-strap over the cylinder.