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The Definition of Pellet Gun

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Pellet Gun

An air gun that shoots a skirted pellet.


19 Other Firearms Definitions You Need To Know


Bipod

Sometimes spelled Bi-Pod. A support device that is similar to a tripod or monopod, but with two legs. On firearms, bipods are commonly used on rifles to provide a forward rest and reduce motion. The bipod permits the operator to rest the weapon on the ground, a low wall, or other object, reducing operator fatigue and permitting increased accuracy.

Breechloader

A firearm loaded through the breech.

Bluing

Also spelled blueing. A passivation process in which steel is partially protected against rust, and is named after the blue-black appearance of the resulting protective finish. True gun bluing is an electrochemical conversion coating resulting from an oxidizing chemical reaction with iron on the surface selectively forming magnetite (Fe3O4), the black oxide of iron, which occupies the same volume as metallic iron. Bluing is most commonly used by gun manufacturers, gunsmiths and gun owners to improve the cosmetic appearance of, and provide a measure of corrosion resistance to, their firearms.

Improvised Firearm

A firearm manufactured by someone who is not a regular maker of firearms.

Stripper Clip

Simple clips made of metal or sometimes plastic that hold several rounds of ammunition in a row and is used to quickly fill a magazine.

Jacket

A metal, usually copper, wrapped around a lead core to form a bullet.

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.

Propellant

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

Monte Carlo Stock

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

Dry Fire

To pull the trigger and release the hammer of a firearm without having a cartridge in the chamber.

Field Grade

A plain, functional, unembellished firearm used to hunt in rough terrain where one might prefer not to put a more expensive, deluxe grade gun at risk of damage.

Pistol Whip

To hit someone with the grip of a pistol.

Plinking

Informal shooting at any of a variety of inanimate targets.

Lock Speed

The same as Lock Time