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The Definition of Pistol Grip

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Pistol Grip

The handle on a pistol. Can also refer to a vertical grip behind the trigger on a rifle.


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Printing

Is when the outline of the concealed handgun may be discerned through the outer clothing.

Loaded

A firearm is loaded when a cartridge is in its firing chamber. However, for safety reasons all firearms are always treated as loaded at all times.

Cylindro Conoidal Bullet

A hollow base bullet, shaped so that, when fired, the bullet will expand and seal the bore. It was invented by Captain John Norton of the British 34th Regiment in 1832, after he examined the blow pipe arrows used by the natives in India and found that their base was formed of elastic locus pith, which by its expansion against the inner surface of the blow pipe prevented the escape of air past it.

Butt

The rear end of a rifle or shotgun. (The portion that rests against the shoulder.)

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

Moon Clip

A moon clip is a ring-shaped or star-shaped piece of metal designed to hold multiple cartridges together as a unit, for simultaneous insertion and extraction from a revolver cylinder. Unlike a speedloader, a moon clip remains in place during firing, and after firing, is used to extract the empty cartridge cases.

Benchrest

A device used (usually set on a counter) to support a shooters arms and/or hands to help make steadier shots.

Live Fire Exercise

Any exercise in which a realistic scenario for the use of specific equipment is simulated. In the popular lexicon this is applied primarily to tests of weapons or weapon systems that are associated with the various branches of a nation's armed forces, although the term can be applied to the civilian arena as well.

Collateral Damage

Damage that is unintended or incidental to the intended outcome.

Pistol Whip

To hit someone with the grip of a pistol.

Firing Pin Block

A type of internal safety that prevents the firing pin from moving forward for any reason unless the trigger is pulled.

Shot

In shotgunning, multiple pellets contained in the shell and sent downrange when the shotgun is fired.

Stock

The back part of a rifle or shotgun, excluding the receiver.

BATF

Short abbreviation for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Pump Action

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.

Boresight (Bore Sight)

Crude adjustments made to an optical firearm sight, or iron sights, to align the firearm barrel and sights. This method is usually used to pre-align the sights, which makes zeroing (zero drop at XX distance) much faster.

Pellet (air gun)

Skirted projectiles used in pellet guns

Collapsible Stock

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.

Bang Stick

A specialized firearm used underwater that is fired when in direct contact with the target.