The Definition of Saturday Night Special
Saturday Night Special
A slang term for a small inexpensive handgun. Saturday night specials have been defined as compact, inexpensive,
small-caliber handguns with perceived low quality; however, there is no official definition of "Saturday night special" under federal law,
though some states define "Saturday night specials" or "junk guns" by means of composition or materials strength.
Low cost and high availability make these weapons attractive to many buyers despite their shortcomings.
19 Other Firearms Definitions You Need To Know
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.
A pair of small dovetailed steel bases, screwed usually one to the barrel and one to the front receiver ring of a rifle,
to accept mounts for target scopes such as the Unertl where the scope is allowed to move forward in the rings under
the recoil of the rifle and which typically carry the windage and elevation adjustments in the mount.
As in Trapdoor buttplate or Trapdoor Pistol Grip Cap, one of these articles of furniture including a hinged plate,
covering a small compartment below in which may be stored several extra cartridges, sight bits, extra springs or pins, cleaning rod, etc.
A colloquial term to describe a break-open gun, of any quality but often of the very highest,
bearing the least possible decoration; having an all-blued receiver with either no
engraving at all or only a simple borderline.
A gun holder that may be strapped to a human body, or affixed to the inside of a pack or bag, or dropped into a pocket.
A holster serves to protect the gun's mechanisms and finish, to provide security by covering the trigger so it cannot be pulled inadvertently,
and to present the grip of the gun at a constant angle for easy access. Some holsters also serve to obscure the outline of the
gun so it may be more easily concealed. Typically made from leather or in plastic.
A condition (status) of a shooting range that shooters may commence to fire.
The chemical propellant which is burned to produce the hot gases which send the projectile flying downrange.
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.
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.
Also known as Gun Powder.
A mixture of sulfur, charcoal, and potassium nitrate. It burns rapidly, producing a volume of hot gas made up of carbon dioxide, water, and nitrogen, and a solid residue of potassium sulfide.
Because of its burning properties and the amount of heat and gas volume that it generates, gunpowder has been widely used as a propellant in firearms and as a
pyrotechnic composition in fireworks.
Modern firearms do not use the traditional black powder described here, but instead use smokeless powder.
A device typically made from stamped metal which holds a group of cartridges for easy and virtually simultaneous loading into the fixed magazine of a firearm.
Firearms which are of special interest to collectors by reason of some quality
other than is associated with firearms intended for sporting use or as offensive or
defensive weapons. To be recognized as curios or relics, firearms must fall within one of
the following categories:
A special Curios or Relics license is available from the BATF, which allows collectors to buy eligible firearms in interstate commerce.
- Firearms which were manufactured at least 50 years prior to the current date, but not
including replicas thereof;
- Firearms which are certified by the curator of a municipal, State, or Federal museum
which exhibits firearms to be curios or relics of museum interest; and
- Any other firearms which derive a substantial part of their monetary value from the fact
that they are novel, rare, bizarre, or because of their association with some historical
figure, period, or event. Proof of qualification of a particular firearm under this
category may be established by evidence of present value and evidence that like firearms
are not available except as collector's items, or that the value of like firearms
available in ordinary channels is substantially less.
The handle on a pistol. Can also refer to a vertical grip behind the trigger on a rifle.
The firing mechanism of a break-open gun which may be removed for inspection or cleaning without the use of tools.
The release latch may be plainly visible or concealed. A feature typically seen on sidelock guns but also on the Westley Richards "droplock" boxlock action.
Sometimes spelled Bi-Pod.
A support device that is similar to a tripod or monopod, but with two legs. On firearms, bipods are commonly used on rifles to provide a forward rest and reduce motion.
The bipod permits the operator to rest the weapon on the ground, a low wall, or other object, reducing operator fatigue and permitting increased accuracy.
Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act of 1993.
The Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act of 1993 mandates background checks of gun buyers in order to prevent sales to people prohibited under the Gun Control Act of 1968 legislation.
Requires checks to be performed through the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).
Records of who has been checked are not preserved because federal law prohibits the creation of a national registry of gun ownership.
Sales by unlicensed private sellers who are not engaged in gun dealing as a business are not subject to the checks under federal law, though they are required by some states.
Hearing protection that completely covers both ears and is usually attached to a headband.
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