The Definition of Saddle Ring
A steel ring, around an inch in diameter, mounted to a stud, usually on the left side of the receiver of a carbine,
to which may be tied a leather thong to secure it to a saddle or a scabbard so as not to lose the carbine when riding a rambunctious horse.
19 Other Firearms Definitions You Need To Know
Attribute of a break-open gun whereby the barrels drop down simply by pressing the toplever without muscling them
open manually. The Holland & Holland system utilizes a coil spring within a cylindrical housing mounted just ahead of the forward lump to urge the barrels open.
The Purdey system utilizes residual energy remaining in the mainspring after the gun has been fired.
Both systems enable a shooter to load more quickly when birds are coming fast.
A pocketed belt for holding ammunition and cartridges. It was usually slung over the chest.
Bandoliers are now rare because most military arms use magazines which are not well-suited to being stored in such a manner.
They are, however, still commonly used with shotguns, as individual 12 gauge shells can easily be stored in traditionally designed bandoliers.
A firearm is a portable gun (pistol or rifle), being a barreled weapon that launches one or more projectiles often driven by the action of an explosive force.
Short, interchangeable cylinders, of
subtly different internal tapers, that screw into a threaded recess at the muzzle of a
shotgun. By inserting different choke tubes, one can alter the shot pattern thrown by the
The opening through which the empty, spent ammunition case is ejected from of a firearm.
A type of airgun that shoots spherical non-metallic pellets.
An opening. The ejection port is the opening in the side of a semi-auto from which spent cases are ejected.
The proper adjustment of the various interrelated moving parts of a gun so that every operation works in proper sequence, such as that the two ejectors
of a double gun kick out the spent cases at the same instant and with the same force.
A internal locking device built into a firearm, usually operated with a key, to render it unable to be fired. A good example of a internal trigger lock are the ones found on the
semi-automatic pistols manufactured by Bersa.
A shoulder-fired long gun which has a rifled barrel.
A firearm with a coil-spring-actuated firing pin, or with its hammer enclosed inside the action body; i.e.. no externally visible hammer.
A compartment built into the buttstock of a long gun,
usually with a hinged cover, in which are drilled holes deep enough to hold
several spare cartridges of the type suitable for use in the specific gun.
A charge of powder, a projectile or a cartridge. Also, to prepare a gun for firing by inserting ammunition into it.
If the trigger is able to continue moving to the rear after the shot has fired, the trigger is said to over-travel.
A trigger that breaks (to release the hammer) easy.
A shotgun shooting sport in which the competitors attempt to break aerial targets directed toward them or crossing in front of them from different angles and elevations. It is an Olympic shooting sport.
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