The Definition of Soft Point
A metal jacketed bullet design in which the nose of the core of the bullet is exposed to ensure the expansion of the bullet upon impact.
Often abbreviated "JSP" or "SP." They tend to expand more slowly than a Hollow Point bullet and are used where deeper penetration and expansion are needed.
19 Other Firearms Definitions You Need To Know
A shooting sport that combines both skiing and rifle shooting. It is the only shooting activity in the Winter Olympics.
There is also a summer biathlon which involves running and shooting but it is not yet an Olympic event.
Refers to a revolver frame that has no top-strap over the cylinder.
The rearmost surface of the grip on a handgun. the term originated with old pistols. The grips surrounded the frame, making the rearmost of the frame appear as a strap.
Is when the outline of the concealed handgun may be discerned through the outer clothing.
A unit of adjustment for a sight.
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
Gun Control Act of 1968.
It is a U.S. federal law that regulates the firearms industry and firearms owners. It primarily focuses on regulating interstate commerce in firearms by
generally prohibiting interstate firearms transfers except among licensed manufacturers, dealers and importers.
It also prohibits all convicted felons, drug users and the mentally ill from buying guns amd raised the age to purchase handguns from a federally licensed dealer to 21.
A trigger that requires a lot of pressure to pull it past the break point.
Rifles tend to have considerably lighter triggers than handguns, and even a heavy rifle trigger is often lighter than a light handgun trigger.
On a revolver, a spring activated device housed in the bottom of the frame beneath the cylinder that engages alignment notches in the cylinder.
It stops the cylinder's rotation and holds it in place each time a chamber in the cylinder is in alignment with the barrel.
Anything a person can hide behind that will probably stopp a bullet.
A felt, paper, cardboard or plastic disk that is used in a shotshell. Also in muzzle loading, a piece of cloth used to seal the bullet in the barrel. It's purpose and function is the same as a shotgun wad.
To tilt a gun to one side or the other,
complicating sighting considerably. Can cause material loss of accuracy,
particularly with a rifle at longer ranges. Some better long range target rifles
are equipped with Spirit Level sights
to help control canting.
A type of steel round shot fired from air rifles. The name originated from the size of steel balls used in a shotgun of the same size (.177 caliber). In a 12 guage shotgun shell using BB size shot, there will be typically 90 BBs in a shell
A plate which covers the butt. Some steel buttplates have trap doors covering a recess for storage of cleaning equipment.
More correctly a "rifled slug" or "shotgun slug." An individual cylindrical projectile designed to be discharged from a shotgun. The term is often incorrectly used to mean a Bullet.
A shotgun barrel that has a bore diameter increased beyond standard specifications, but less than the SAAMI maximum.
Done in an attempt to reduce felt recoil, improve patterning, or change the balance of the shotgun.
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