The Definition of Recoil
The tendency of a firearm when fired to move backwards, and a little upwards as a reaction to the force of the projectile moving down the barrel.
As Newton says, to every action there is always an equal and opposite reaction. The mass of the firearm provides some inertia to counteract the momentum of recoil.
What remains is absorbed by at the shoulder or the hand. The heavier the gun, the less the recoil. The more powerful the cartridge, the more the recoil.
19 Other Firearms Definitions You Need To Know
Abbreviation for Concealed Carry Permit.
A type of machine gun or autocannon that uses an external source of power to cycle the firearm.
A charge of powder, a projectile or a cartridge. Also, to prepare a gun for firing by inserting ammunition into it.
The entire process of moving the trigger from its forward-most position to its rearward-most position, causing the hammer to fall and the shot to fire.
A malfunction which locks up the gun so badly that tools are required in order to fix it. Sometimes used to denote a simple malfunction,
but many people make a distinction between a complete jam and a simple malfunction.
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 common type of iron sights in which the rear sight is an open-topped U or a V or a square-notch shape and with a
blade type front sight, in contrast to the closed circle commonly found in aperture sights.
The distance from the front trigger of a shotgun to the centre of the butt.
A device used to load magazines or revolver cylinders quicker than by hand.
Firearms designed to be carried and used by an individual or individuals.
To shoot while standing and without bracing against anything. Sometimes it can also mean to shoot with your non-dominant hand.
The area inside the bore nearest to the muzzle.
A handgun or rifle shooting sport in which the competitors attempt to knock over metallic game-shaped targets at various ranges.
A part in a firearm that serves to remove brass cases of fired ammunition after the ammunition has been fired.
When the gun's action cycles, the extractor lifts or removes the spent brass casing from the firing chamber.
An empty ammunition case.
A regular pattern of fine grooves cut into
the surface of a stock to aid in gripping a gun. Originally done for utility only,
checkering has become an art form in itself; craftsmen adorning the borders with ribbons,
fleur-de-lys, floral carving, etc. The amount of coverage, the precise regularity, and the
number of lines per inch indicate the quality of the work. Too-fine checkering, however,
defeats the purpose of the work altogether.
A self-loading firearm whose breechblock and barrel are not positively locked together, but which incorporates a mechanism which initially restricts the breechblock from moving when fired, delaying its opening.
In the Modern Isosceles
the feet are roughly shoulder width apart, with the gun-side foot closer to the target than the off-side foot.
The knees are flexed, and the entire body leans slightly toward the target. The shoulders are closer to the target than the hips, and the hips are more forward than the knees.
The shoulders are rotated forward and the head, rather than being upright, is vultured down behind the sights.
The entire body thus has an aggressively forward appearance, and is poised to move quickly if necessary.