The Definition of Point Blank Range
Point Blank Range
The farthest distance that a target of a given size can be hit without holding over or under with the sights.
The exact range is determined by the performance of the cartridge used, the ZERO range, and the accepted size of the target area.
This term is not to be confused with point blank shooting.
19 Other Firearms Definitions You Need To Know
The recurved top part of a semi-automatic handgun's grip at the point where it meets the slide. On long guns, the tang is the top strap used to screw the receiver to the stock.
A tiny circular recess at the base of a cartridge case surrounding the primer pocket.
Recoil from fired cartridges invariably impress a discernable ring on the breech or bolt face of a
firearm, providing some evidence of the amount of use it has seen.
A type of backstop that catches the fired bullet and prevents it from exiting the area. Bullet traps are most commonly used on indoor ranges.
The frequency at which a firearm can fire its projectiles.
A firearm with a coil-spring-actuated firing pin, or with its hammer enclosed inside the action body; i.e.. no externally visible hammer.
The edge on the base of a cartridge case which stops the progress of the case into the chamber.
The entire collection of moving parts which work together to fire the gun when the trigger is pulled.
It may include trigger springs, return springs, the trigger itself, the sear, disconnectors, and other parts.
The mechanism of some firearms that holds the cartridge in place during the firing process.
It must be moved out of the way to load and unload the gun; this action may be manually performed
by the shooter pulling back on an exterior knob called the bolt handle and then sending it forward again, or the action may be performed
by other moving parts within the firearm. When the user must move the bolt manually, the firearm is called a bolt-action firearm.
The hinged cover over the opening through which cartridges are inserted into the magazine.
The NRA teaches the Three Basic Rules of Safe Gun Handling.
There are additional rules, but these are the three that if any two are followed, nobody will be hurt. However, obviously, all three should
always be followed.
Rule One: ALWAYS keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.
The NRA established these three rules in 1871. They were created to be easy to understand and remember,
ensuring the highest possible level of firearm safety.
Rule Two: ALWAYS keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.
Rule Three: ALWAYS keep the gun unloaded until ready to use.
See also The Four Rules
A black powder muzzleloading firearm action which relies upon a serpentine or S-shaped piece of metal to hold a smoldering match.
By pressing the lower end of the serpentine,
the upper end holding the burning match contacts the priming powder in the pan.
A two-barreled, side-by-side, shoulder-fired gun having one
smoothbore shotgun barrel and one rifled barrel.
A short, lightweight rifle. Some are small enough for a young child to easily handle, while others are large enough to perfectly suit teenagers, average-sized adult women, and small-statured adult males.
In the Traditional Isosceles
Both arms are stretched almost equally forward with the gun centered forward.
The knees are straight or only slightly flexed, and the entire body is upright and parallel to the target.
This is an acceptable range stance provided recoil control is not an issue and you don't need to make rapid follow-up shots.
However, if you are practicing for self-defense, you will probably want to use the Modern Isosceles stance stance instead.
A hollow, piece of metal (or plastic in the case of a shotgun shell) that is closed on one end except for a small hole which holds a primer.
The open end holds the bullet. The hollow portion holds the powder.
Together the assembled unit is called a cartridge.
An early form of muzzle-loading revolver wherein, instead of the current practice of having one barrel mated to a multi-chambered rotating cylinder,
multiple joined barrels revolve together around a central axis.
A type of cartridge whose bullet diameter is substantially less than the body diameter of the casing.