The Definition of Out of Battery
Out of Battery
A semi-automatic is said to be out of battery when the slide fails to come all the way forward again after the
gun has fired. This condition can be created by a misfeed, a dirty gun, weak springs, the shooter's
thumbs brushing against the slide, riding the slide, or any of several other causes.
19 Other Firearms Definitions You Need To Know
Unloading a gun and double checking that it is unloaded or fixing a malfunction so that the gun is ready to fire again.
Abbreviation for Caliber.
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.
A heat-treating process that incorporates carbon into the surface molecular
structure of the steel, providing a hard-wearing surface without making the entire
receiver brittle. The parts to be casehardened are packed in a crucible with
carbon-rich media such as bone meal and charcoal, heated to bright orange, about
1800°F, then quenched in bubbling oil. Also
A small orifice at the breech end of the barrel of a muzzle-loading firearm through which the exploding priming charge is conducted from the flash pan to the main charge.
Not putting your finger on the trigger until your sights are on target, then pulling the trigger smoothly, and following through by realigning the sights before allowing your finger to come off the trigger.
The cross-shaped object seen in the center of a firearm scope. Its more-proper name is reticle.
Single shot pistols, of a design originating in England, in vogue circa 1770 - 1850, built necessarily in pairs, either of flintlock or percussion ignition,
usually finely made and cased together with loading accessories. Dueling pistols tended to be lighter and sleeker than their contemporary service pistols.
They tended to have smoothbore (or sometimes secret, scratch-rifling), octagon (or octagon-to-round) barrels around nine or ten inches long of some form of damascus steel,
bores just over a half-inch, ramrods, rudimentary sights front and rear, single-set triggers, roller-bearing frizzens and curved grips integral with full or half-stocks.
They were usually of high quality construction, sometimes with silver furniture, but normally of relatively plain decoration.
A rifle front sight with a extra-large, folding bead. Typically, in addition to the normal fine bead (which allows for more precision) the larger bead,
while at a cost of potential accuracy, is more readily acquired in marginal light. Also called a Gloaming sight
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.
Recoil operation is an operating mechanism used in locked-breech, autoloading firearms. As the name implies, these actions use the force of recoil to provide energy to cycle the action.
The face of the action of a break-open firearm which houses the firing pins and receives the direct recoil of the fired round.
Italian for "short." Seen as part of a cartridge designation. On some Italian manufactured guns that use .380 ACP, the designated caliber is 9mm Corto (9mm Short), which is also the same as the German 9mm Kurtz
Yanking the trigger back abruptly, thus pulling the muzzle of the gun downward at the moment the shot fires.
The point of the trigger's return at which the gun's internal mechanisms are ready to fire another round.
A type of mechanism for removing a spent shell casing from the chamber of a firearm and inserting a fresh cartridge into the chamber.
This type of mechanism is most commonly used in shotguns and rimfire rifles.
A military person designated as a special marksman who is used to shoot designated targets of opportunity at long range.
A device fitted inside the buttstock of a heavily-recoiling gun or rifle, usually containing mercury and a valve.
As the gun recoils, the mercury is displaced temporarily, increasing the duration, and thus diminishing the
perceived impact of the recoil. The added half-pound of weight doesn't hurt either.
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