The Definition of Shotgun Shell
The cartridge for a shotgun. It is also called a "shell," and its body is usually made of plastic (metal shotgun shells are very rare, paper shotgun shells are extinct)
with a metal head.
Small shotshells are also made for rifles and handguns and are often used for vermin control.
19 Other Firearms Definitions You Need To Know
Ammunition that has been assembled by a commercial vendor of ammunition and sold in retail stores. This is as opposed to Hand loads which have been assembled by individuals and are not typically sold.
Italian for "short." Seen as part of a cartridge designation. On some Italian manufactured guns that use .380 ACP, the designated caliber is 9mm Corto (9mm Short), which is also the same as the German 9mm Kurtz
A description of a bullet whose forward diameter has expanded after penetration.
Head [of a Stock]. The forward end of a buttstock, where it meets the receiver and accepts the bulk of the gun's recoil when fired.
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 type of airgun that shoots spherical non-metallic pellets.
Two shots fired in rapid succession. It is different from a double tap because in a controlled pair,
the second shot will be fired after the shooter has obtained a second sight picture,
whereas in a double tap both shots are fired based upon the initial sight picture alone.
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.
A mechanical device to make it easier to fill magazines using less hand strength and without hurting one's fingertips or thumbs.
Ear muff or ear plug hearing protection that have internal electronics that amplify human voices while excluding all noises louder than a given decibel rating.
Electronic hearing protection is best used when shooting outdoors. When on an indoor range they have a tendency to pick up too much echo and other muffled sounds.
In the Traditional Isosceles
Both arms are stretched almost equally forward with the gun centered forward.
The knees are straight or only slightly flexed, and the entire body is upright and parallel to the target.
This is an acceptable range stance provided recoil control is not an issue and you don't need to make rapid follow-up shots.
However, if you are practicing for self-defense, you will probably want to use the Modern Isosceles stance stance instead.
The tendency of a bullet to tip in flight and hit a target sideways, leaving a distinctly oblong hole.
This destabilization of the spinning bullet in flight is typically caused by a bullet weight inappropriate
for the rate of twist of the rifled barrel, an out-of-balance bullet or its having nicked an impediment such as a blade of grass, in flight.
Part of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994.
It produced a 10-year federal ban on the manufacture of new semi-automatic assault weapons with certian specifications.
Firearms with specific features were defined as assault rifles.
Including the AR-15, certain versions of the AK-47, the TEC-9, the MAC-10 and the Uzi,
several of which had become the preferred weapon of violent drug gangs. The act also bans large-capacity ammunition magazines, limiting them to 10 rounds.
The law did not apply to weapons that were already in legal possession.
Because this law was not renewed by congress in 2004, the ban was lifted.
Can also be spelled Over/Under, OverUnder or Over and Under.
A firearm (most commonly a shotgun) with two barrels that are vertically aligned with each other, one on top of the other.
The power of a projectile or a load of shot at the point that it exits the muzzle of a firearm, normally expressed in foot-pounds.
A set of holes in a target left by a succession of bullets fired from the same rifle or handgun,
using the same ammunition and sight setting. Fired (within the limits of one's marksmanship ability)
to determine the inherent accuracy of the rifle/ammunition combination,
and to aid in the proper adjustment of the sights.
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.
To jerk a firearm off target inadvertently in the instant of firing in timid anticipation of recoil. Commonly caused by learning to shoot with a gun more powerful then they are ready for.
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