The Definition of Rail
A feature on some guns which allows various aftermarket accessories to be attached the firearm such as flashlights or lasers.
On pistols, if equipped, the rail is on the underside of the frame below the barrel.
On rifles, a rain can be found above or below the barrel, with AR type rifles, the forestock can be made of rails allowing all kinds of attachments in various positions.
19 Other Firearms Definitions You Need To Know
A constriction at or near the muzzle of a shotgun barrel that affects shot dispersion.
The process of carving out recesses in wooden stocks with precision, using gouges, chisels and scrapers to accept the steel components of a firearm.
A flat piece of rubber which holds revolver cartridges preparatory to loading them into the revolver's cylinder. Similar to a 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.
A handgun-style fully automatic or burst-mode firearm.
A machine pistol is not the same thing as a Submachine Gun
A bullet shape with a flat nose rather than a rounded one.
A firearms manufacturer started by Samuel Colt in 1855. Colt is most famous for the revolvers they invented and built in the 1800's and
the semi-automatic pistol model 1911 designed by John Moses Browning, and for being the first manufacturer of the AR-15 type rifles.
Usually a circular or oval band of metal, horn or plastic that goes around the trigger to provide both protection and safety in shooting circumstances.
The shooter's finger should never be within the trigger guard unless the sights are on target and the shooter has made the decision to fire.
Short for the word Ambidextrous. Meaning that a feature of a firearms can be used by either hand, for example ambi-safety, ambi slide catch or ambi mag release.
The tendency of a bullet to tip in flight and hit a target sideways, leaving a distinctly oblong hole.
This destabilization of the spinning bullet in flight is typically caused by a bullet weight inappropriate
for the rate of twist of the rifled barrel, an out-of-balance bullet or its having nicked an impediment such as a blade of grass, in flight.
The relationship between a bullet's weight and its diameter. A long bullet, such as the original 7.62x54R
loading for the Mosin Nagant 91/30, will have a high sectional density and consequently greater
penetration than a shorter bullet of similar construction. A shorter bullet with less sectional
density will have relatively less penetration, but greater knockdown power.
Term used for a firearm that a person uses as their usual daily carry gun.
It is also used to describe a gun that is good for carrying concealed on a regular basis.
Factors for determining an EDC may include caliber, physical size, number of rounds, accuracy and/or other factors.
This means a shooter who is right-handed but left-eyed, or left-handed and right-eyed.
The mechanical sighting system which usually comes with the firearm made of metal with no optics.
A trigger that requires a lot of pressure to pull it past the break point.
Rifles tend to have considerably lighter triggers than handguns, and even a heavy rifle trigger is often lighter than a light handgun trigger.
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