The Definition of Sabot
An oversized, lightweight housing that allows a sub-calibre projectile to be fired in a larger-diameter bore, usually in the interest of increased velocity.
The sabot falls away from the actual projectile upon exiting the muzzle.
For example, a hunter could use his .30-30 deer rifle to shoot small game with .22 centerfire bullets.
19 Other Firearms Definitions You Need To Know
The earliest type of gun, now also popular as modern-made replicas, in which blackpowder and projectile(s) are
separately loaded in through the muzzle. The term is often applied to cap-and-ball revolvers where the loading is
done not actually through the muzzle but through the open ends of the cylinder's chambers.
Also known as collimating sight or occluded eye gunsight, a Collimator Sight is
a type of optical "blind" sight that allows the user looking into it to see an illuminated aiming point aligned
with the device the sight is attached to regardless of eye position (parallax free).
The user can not see through the sight so it is used with both eyes open while one looks into the sight,
with one eye open and moving the head to alternately see the sight and then at the target, or using one
eye to partially see the sight and target at the same time.
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.
A malfunction in which the spent case fails to eject from a semi-automatic firearm and blocks the chamber.
As the fresh round is brought forward it cannot enter the chamber. It is cleared by
stripping the magazine from the gun, racking the slide several times to eject the spent case, and then reloading.
Also spelled "+P" or "P+".
Is small arms ammunition that has been loaded to a higher internal pressure than standard for it's caliber.
Many calibers are available in both standard and +p or +p+ variants. Ammunition marked +p produces more power
and higher pressures than the standard ammunition. Not all firearms are designed to handle the increased
pressure consult your owner's manual or gun manufacturer before using +P ammunition.
Hearing protection that fits inside the ear canal.
The lock that preceded the 'true' flintlock in both rifles and pistols in the 17th century.
Commonly used throughout Europe in the 1600s, it gained popular favor in the British and Dutch military.
A doglock carbine was the principal weapon of the harquebusier, the most numerous type of cavalry in the armies of Thirty Years War and the English Civil War era.
A long gun stock that may be doubled over for conveniently compact storage.
A wildcat cartridge, or wildcat, is a custom cartridge for which ammunition and/or firearms are not mass-produced.
These cartridges are often created in order to optimize a certain performance characteristic (such as the power, size or efficiency) of an existing commercial cartridge.
Developing and using wildcat cartridges does not generally serve a purpose in military or law enforcement;
it is more a hobby for serious shooting, hunting, gunsmithing and handloading enthusiasts, particularly in the United States.
There are potentially endless amounts of different kinds of wildcat cartridges: one source of gunsmithing equipment has a library of over
6,000 different wildcat cartridges for which they produce equipment such as chamber reamers.
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.
In the rifling of a bore, the uncut portions of the barrel's inner surface left after the rifling grooves have been cut into the metal. In other words, the raised portion of rifling.
The substance which imparts movement to the projectile in a firearm. In a firearm, usually powder. In an airgun the propellant is air or Co2
Common term for federally restricted "short-barreled shotgun (rifle)" as with a conventional shotgun with barrel less than 18" (rifle less than 16") or overall length less than 26.
Informal shooting at any of a variety of inanimate targets.
The setting on the sights of a firearm that controls the vertical placement and the altitude above mean sea level.
This is important for long range precision shooting because the air density changes with elevation and affects the path of the bullet.
Most firearms do not have literal batteries. But a firearm is said to be in battery when the breech is fully closed and locked,
ready to fire. When the breech is open or unlocked, the gun is out of battery and no attempt should be made to fire it.
A semi-automatic is out of battery when the slide fails to come all the way forward again after the gun has fired, making it
dangerous or impossible to fire the next round. This condition can be created by a misfeed, a dirty gun, weak springs,
the shooter's thumbs brushing against the slide, riding the slide, or any of several other causes.
Abbreviation for Long Rifle. Typically used in the .22 caliber cartridge designation .22LR. However can be used as an abbreviation for Kentucky Long Rifle
The speed at which a projectile travels. Velocity is usually measured in feet per second or metres per second.
A shotgun shooting sport that combines elements of skeet and trap, and that is designed to simulate field conditions.
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