The Definition of Quadrail
Sometimes spelled Quad Rail.
First conceived and sold by Knights Armament Company in the mid 90s when Reed Knight saw soldiers duct taping flashlights to their handguards in news footage of Panama, the quad rail has become almost a standard item found on most military rifles. Quad rails allow easy attachment of accessories which aid tactical shooters, such as lights, infrared lasers, foregrips, sling attachment points, and secondary sighting systems.
However, nowadays, any full length forearms on an AR, with or without rails may also be refered to as a Quadrail.
19 Other Firearms Definitions You Need To Know
The amount of rearward force exerted by the propellant gases on the bolt or breech of a firearm action or breech when a projectile is fired.
The applied force has both magnitude and direction, making it a vector quantity. This is also known as
Bolt Thrust on firearms that are Bolt Action
Is a failure of the next round to completely enter the chamber. Misfeeds and failures to feed are very similar, a
failure to feed is a round that never even leaves the top of the magazine, while a misfeed is a
round that leaves the magazine but does not enter the chamber.
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.
Is when the outline of the concealed handgun may be discerned through the outer clothing.
A slang term for a revolver that holds siz rounds. Usually referring to cowboy style revolvers.
An external, passive safety which can be found on the face of some trigger designs (most notably found on Glock firearms).
It is intended to prevent the trigger from being pulled by objects which find their way into the trigger guard area.
Rifling that is formed by pulling a die made with reverse image of the rifling (the 'button') down the pre-drilled bore of a firearm barrel.
Synonymous with "handgun." A gun that is generally held in one hand. It may be of the single-shot, multi-barrel, repeating or semi-automatic variety and includes revolvers.
An imaginary line which runs right down the center of the handgun's barrel and out though the back end of the gun.
A handgun may have a high bore axis, with the imaginary line running out into space well above the shooter's hand.
Or it may have a low bore axis, with the imaginary line running either straight through the shooter's hand or
just skimming the surface slightly above her hand. A high bore axis tends to create greater perceived recoil
and more muzzle flip when firing the gun than does a low bore axis.
On a semi-automatic pistol, or any other firearm in which the trigger is at some distance from the sear, this is an intermediate piece connecting the two parts.
Also call a Muzzle Brake. A device attached to or made as part of a firearms barrel designed to reduce recoil or muzzle movement on firing.
They generally increase muzzle blast.
Two shots fired in rapid succession. Generally without getting a new sight picture on the target. If the second shot is fired after a second sight picture is captured it may instead be called a controlled pair.
A shotgun, generally stocked to shoot where it is pointed and of relatively light weight because one often carries it a great distance for upland birds,
the consequent recoil not being an important factor because one actually shoots it very little.
An extra flange behind the bolt handle, at the rear of a bolt action receiver (notably the Mauser Model 1898),
which uses the bolt handle as an extra locking surface in the extremely unlikely event of forward bolt lug failure.
Assault Rifles and Assault Weapons do not exist. The terms Assault Rifle and Assault Weapon are made up terms by the anti-gun lobby to describe
black rifles with forward grips that you might see in the movies like an AR-15 or an AK-47.
Assault Rifles do not exist because a gun cannot assault anything, they are machines that need to be operated by a person.
A type of machine gun or autocannon that uses an external source of power to cycle the firearm.
A bolt-action designed by Browning firearms.
The x-bolt action features a short 60° bolt lift. So it is fast cycling and allows working the bolt quicker without the scope getting in the way.
A bullet that is designed to disintegrate into tiny particles upon impact to minimize their penetration for reasons of range safety,
to limit environmental impact, or to limit the danger behind the intended target. Examples are the Glaser Safety Slug and the breaching round.
A type of firearm in which the action is in the open position and the chamber empty prior to firing.
When the trigger is pressed the bolt moves forward, chambering a cartridge and firing it and returning
to the open position. When firing is stopped the bolt remains open and the chamber empty.