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The Definition of Stalking Safety

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Stalking Safety

A safety catch fitted to a hammer gun where a sliding bar moves into a slot in the inner wall of the hammer base, locking it in place in the cocked position. The safety can then be released silently by sliding the tab, avoiding the game-startling sound of the hammer cocking.


19 Other Firearms Definitions You Need To Know


MOA

Abbreviation for Minute Of Angle

Dry Fire

To pull the trigger and release the hammer of a firearm without having a cartridge in the chamber.

AK

AK stands for Avtomat Kalashnikova (Kalashnikov rifle when translated into English). When someone says "an AK" they are usually referring to the AK-47 rifle which was originally designed in Russia by Mikhail Kalashnikov.

Pistol Grip

The handle on a pistol. Can also refer to a vertical grip behind the trigger on a rifle.

BB

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

Benchrest

A device used (usually set on a counter) to support a shooters arms and/or hands to help make steadier shots.

Cartouche

A mark within a border, typically stamped into the wood, especially of an American military rifle. It shows the initials of the name of the accepting inspector and often, the date he accepted the firearm into service.

Small Arms

Firearms designed to be carried and used by an individual or individuals.

Breechblock

The part in the breech mechanism that locks the action against the firing of the cartridge.

Windage

The setting on the sights used to accommodate the wind or adjust for horizontal (side-to-side) errors in the alignment of the sights with the bore of the firearm.

Naked Bullet

A bullet not covered by a metal jacket or patch.

Deterrent

A material added to an explosive to slow its burning rate.
Something that will prevent or hinder something from happening.

Loaded Chamber Indicator

A mechanical device that protrudes from the gun when a round is in position ready to be fired, giving a visual and tactile indication that the gun is loaded.

Butt

The rear end of a rifle or shotgun. (The portion that rests against the shoulder.)

Round Gun

Slang term for a revolver.

Spray and Pray

A term often used to refer to the very poor and dangerous practice of rapidly firing many shots at a target as possible in the hope that one or more may hit the target. This practice is a danger not only to bystanders but also to the shooter.

Lockplate

A metal plate on which the firing mechanism is mounted on percussion and earlier firearms.

Lock Time

The interval of time between trigger release and the detonation of the primer. Generally, the faster the lock time the better, because this makes it easier to shoot accurately.

Bandolier

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.

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