The Definition of Ramrod
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.
19 Other Firearms Definitions You Need To Know
The process of assembling cartridge case, bullet or shot, wads and primer to produce a complete cartridge with the use of
hand tools in the interest of loading for firearms for which cartridges are not available, experimenting with loads
to achieve better performance, or to save money. Not to be attempted without knowledgeable instruction and careful study of the process.
The abbreviation for Automatic Colt Pistol.
It is commonly used to designate specific calibers, particularly those which were originally designed by John Moses Browning for the
Colt Firearms Company which are a type of rimless pistol cartridge designed mainly for use in semi-automatic pistols.
The most common ACP calibers are .25 ACP, .32 ACP, .380 ACP and .45 ACP.
An inclined, polished area on a repeating firearm, just behind the chamber, that helps guide a cartridge into the chamber when pushed forward by the closing bolt or slide.
Generally refers to the stock and fore-end of a rifle. Can sometimes also be applied to any detachable accessories like a flashlight.
A mechanical device to make it easier to fill magazines using less hand strength and without hurting one's fingertips or thumbs.
A type of internal hammer side by side shotgun boxlock action.
It was patented in 1875 and is the essence of simplicity utilizing only two springs and three moving parts (per barrel).
One of the most successful action designs ever, and still produced to this day by most SxS shotgun manufacturers.
A Muzzleloading long gun which has a completely smooth bore and is intended to fire a single projectile rather than a collection of shot.
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.
The vise-like device on a flintlock hammer used to hold the flint.
A sliding bar, running longitudinally through the watertable of a break-open side-by-side gun's action, with openings through which the
lumps of the barrels pass when the gun is closed. Under spring tension, this bar moves forward when the opening control is released and its
two locking surfaces engage complementary slots (bites) in the rear of the two barrel lumps. Originally operated by a hinged tab in front
of the trigger guard. Now invariably operated by a cam from Scott's [toplever] spindle. Most modern side-by-side guns lock closed in this manner.
A firearm's ability to be fired fully automatically, semi-automatically or, in some cases, in burst-fire mode at the option of the firer.
An external, manual safety which is typically disengaged with the firing-hand thumb.
A shooting sport where cometitors use three different guns on each stage of the competion; shotgun, rifle and handgun.
A mounting point on a small arm that allows a bayonet or other accessory to be attached.
To bring the butt of a long gun's stock to the shooter's shoulder, preparatory to firing the gun.
The sliding metal dowel located at the muzzle end of a revolver cylinder.
After firing, the shooter opens the cylinder and depresses the front end of the ejection rod, which forces the empty cases out of the cylinder.
On a revolver, a spring activated device housed in the bottom of the frame beneath the cylinder that engages alignment notches in the cylinder.
It stops the cylinder's rotation and holds it in place each time a chamber in the cylinder is in alignment with the barrel.