The Definition of Short-Stroking
On a pump-action firearm, being too gentle with the fore-end and either not pulling it all the way back at the beginning of the stroke,
or not shoving it all the way forward at the end of the stroke. Which may result in the old case or shell failing to eject and a misfeeds, or the gun
will not fire when the trigger is pulled. The term is used most often to refer to pump-action shotguns, but it is possible to similarly short-stroke any type of
firearm which requires the user to manually cycle the action (lever action rifles, for example).
19 Other Firearms Definitions You Need To Know
A screw with about half of its threading removed in longitudinal sections. Often used at the breech end of a
takedown firearm's barrel. When the barrel's interrupted female threads are inserted into the receiver's
complementary interrupted male threads, only a partial rotation is necessary for assembly rather than many full turns.
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.
A shooting sport that simulates the use of a small arm in its intended role either as a tool for hunting or personal defense.
True practical shooting limits the small arms, ammunition, and accessories used to those items that would actually be used in the role simulated.
A feature on some guns which allows various aftermarket accessories to be attached the firearm such as flashlights or lasers.
On pistols, if equipped, the rail is on the underside of the frame below the barrel.
On rifles, a rain can be found above or below the barrel, with AR type rifles, the forestock can be made of rails allowing all kinds of attachments in various positions.
A firearm that has had numerous careful machining cuts
taken in its exterior with a view to exposing and demonstrating the functioning
of critical parts of its mechanism
The vise-like device on a flintlock hammer used to hold the flint.
A steel bolt, mounted transversely through a rifle stock just under and behind the front (and sometimes rear) receiver ring,
sometimes concealed in the wood and usually against which the action is carefully bedded. When properly fitted, it helps distribute the recoil
and reinforces stock at the point where wood has been removed to accept the action. Recoil crossbolts can be recognized by the
flush-mounted circular steel fittings on the side of the stock, but are sometimes finished with contrasting wooden plugs and
sometimes concealed completely. Also called Reinforcing Crossbolt.
A claw [scope] mount with openings through which a shooter can use a rifle's iron sights without removing the scope.
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.
The rear sight is placed at the end of the barrel nearest the shooter. It may be in the shape of a square notch, a U, a V, a ring,
or simply two dots designed to be visually placed on either side of the front sight while shooting.
Markings impressed into the base of a cartridge case, normally identifying the maker's name, the cartridge calibre designation, and sometimes the date.
A smooth, sometimes contoured plate, within a magazine, at the top of a spring, across which cartridges slide when being loaded into a chamber.
Abbreviation for Concealed Firearms Permit.
Plugs of hardened steel, precisely machined in relation to the standard dimensional specifications of a given cartridge,
normally in sets of three: "GO", "No-Go" and "Field". By loading these plug-gauges into the chamber in succession,
one can check that the action should close on the "Go" gauge. It should not close on the "No-Go" gauge,
but might were enough force to be used. And, it absolutely should not close on the "Field" gauge.
The term used for the casing on modern rifle and pistol ammunition. It is usually made out of brass but can also be aluminum or steel.
The casing on a shotgun shell is usually refered to as a hull
Damage that is unintended or incidental to the intended outcome.
The manner in which the sights are lined up properly in front of the shooter's eye, to form a straight path to the target.