The Definition of 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.
19 Other Firearms Definitions You Need To Know
A charge of powder, a projectile or a cartridge. Also, to prepare a gun for firing by inserting ammunition into it.
A device used to reduce the time and/or effort needed to reload a firearm's magazine.
Abbreviation for Concealed Handgun License.
The rear end of the barrel into which the cartridge is inserted
The setting on the sights of a firearm that controls the vertical placement and the altitude above mean sea level.
This is important for long range precision shooting because the air density changes with elevation and affects the path of the bullet.
A rapidly burning powder made by absorbing nitroglycerine into nitrocellulose (guncotton).
A pair of small dovetailed steel bases, screwed usually one to the barrel and one to the front receiver ring of a rifle,
to accept mounts for target scopes such as the Unertl where the scope is allowed to move forward in the rings under
the recoil of the rifle and which typically carry the windage and elevation adjustments in the mount.
Some triggers can be pulled slightly backwards before the shooter can feel any tension and before
the hammer or striker begins to retract. Pre-travel is any movement of the trigger that begins before the trigger starts to engage.
The chemical propellant which is burned to produce the hot gases which send the projectile flying downrange.
The substance which imparts movement to the projectile in a firearm. In a firearm, usually powder. In an airgun the propellant is air or Co2
A stout flange, invariably incorporated into the underside of the front receiver ring of a bolt action, and also frequently
incorporated into the underside of the barrel of a heavily-recoiling rifle, which when properly bedded, transfers recoil to the stock.
A bullet design featuring a conical extended nose, with a flat point, and a sharp edged shoulder that serves to cut a full diameter hole in the target.
This design also may be found with a hollow point to facilitate expansion. A modified wadcutter bullet design with slightly sloping edges, designed to load smoothly in a semi-automatic pistol.
a type of fighting in which small units engage the enemy with personal weapons at very short range,
potentially to the point of hand-to-hand combat or fighting with hand weapons such as swords or knives.
Sometimes also known as a
slide release or
On a semi-autmatic gun, the lever or catch that holds the slide open (after the last round is fired or when racking an empty gun).
Typically they are located on the left side of the frame about mide barrel. Some of the newer semi-automatic pistols have an
internal slide lock. Even though on pistols with an external slide catch, you can push down on the lever to release the slide,
it should never be used in such a manner. The proper way to release the slide is to rack the slide.
National Firearms Act of 1934.
Enacted on June 26, 1934, currently codified as amended as I.R.C. ch. 53, is an Act of Congress in the United States that, in general, imposes
a statutory excise tax on the manufacture and transfer of certain firearms and mandates the registration of those firearms.
The Act was passed shortly after the repeal of Prohibition. The NFA is also referred to as Title II of the Federal firearms laws.
The NFA includes:
- Requires the registration of all fully automatic firearms.
- Requires the registration of all "sawed off" rifles and shotguns.
- Requires the registration of firearm silencers.
- Imposes a $200 transfer tax on the above items.
A short stock, often ideally sized for teenagers, average-sized adult women, and small-statured adult males.
The portion of the stock (on a rifle) or frame (on a pistol) gripped by the trigger hand.
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