The Definition of Pitch
The angle of the butt of a gun in relation to the line of sight.
Pitch is measured by resting the gun with its butt flat on a floor, the top of the receiver against a wall and its muzzle pointing up.
The distance of the muzzle from the wall is the gun's pitch down.
19 Other Firearms Definitions You Need To Know
A gun with more than one barrel, the most common being the double-barreled shotgun.
Same as Follower. A plate, mounted to the top of a spring, inside a magazine, over which cartridges may slide smoothly as they are guided into the chamber of a repeating firearm.
The opening through which the empty, spent ammunition case is ejected from of a firearm.
The wearing away of a barrel's metal surface by a bullet or shot charge or by the heat of powder gases.
The setting on the sights used to accommodate the wind or adjust for horizontal (side-to-side) errors in the alignment of the sights with the bore of the firearm.
A metal cup placed on the end of a lead bullet to protect the lead against the hot gases of the burning powder charge.
Used in some types of firearms ammunition when non-jacketed bullets are used in high pressure cartridges, to prevent the buildup of lead in the barrel and aid in accuracy.
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.
A small metal tube extending through the breech of a percussion firearm through which the flame passes from the percussion cap to fire the powder charge.
System of measurement for the internal bore diameter of a smooth-bore firearm based on the diameter of each of that
number of spherical lead balls whose total weight equals one pound.
The internal diameter of a 12 gauge shotgun barrel is therefore equal to the diameter of a lead
ball weighing 1/12 pound, which happens to be .729" (Or in British: Bore.) The Gauge/Bore system is also used, by convention, to describe the internal barrel diameter of large-bore,
19th century, English, single-shot and double-barrel rifles.
The rear sight is placed at the end of the barrel nearest the shooter. It may be in the shape of a square notch, a U, a V, a ring,
or simply two dots designed to be visually placed on either side of the front sight while shooting.
A long, slender, dowel-like tool used to force powder and shot down the bore of a muzzle-loading firearm.
For hand-fired guns, normally retained in some kind of receptacle attached to the gun's barrel. Carried separately for muzzle-loading cannon.
A firearm, usually (but not always) a fully automatic rifle, that uses a ammunition on a belt rather than a magazine to store the rounds that will be loaded into the gun.
Commonly shortened to mag pouch, this is a device to hold extra magazines which fastens to the shooter's belt.
The point at which the trigger allows the hammer to fall, or releases the striker, so that the shot fires. The ideal trigger break is sudden and definite.
"Like a glass rod" is the cliche term shooters use to describe the ideal crisp, clean break.
A person who can shoot up to the mechanical capability of their weapon.
A rear barrel sight base, more articulated than having the sight simply dovetailed into the barrel, but not requiring as much gunsmithing as having it mounted onto a proper quarter-rib.
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
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