The Definition of Suppressor
Incorrectoly sometimes referred to as a silencer, it is used to reduce the sound of a firearm's discharge.
They do not actually silence most firearms but rather lower the intensity of the muzzle blast and change the sound characteristics
(works similarly to an automotive muffler by disrupting and spreading out the sound waves).
The possession, use, and transportation of silencers have been tightly controlled under federal law since 1934.
Any device which reduces the sound of discharge by more than 2 dB is considered by the BATF to be a suppressor.
19 Other Firearms Definitions You Need To Know
The entire collection of moving parts which work together to fire the gun when the trigger is pulled.
It may include trigger springs, return springs, the trigger itself, the sear, disconnectors, and other parts.
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.
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.
An extra flange behind the bolt handle, at the rear of a bolt action receiver (notably the Mauser Model 1898),
which uses the bolt handle as an extra locking surface in the extremely unlikely event of forward bolt lug failure.
The term referring to the action of manually drawing the hammer back against its spring until it becomes latched against the sear,
or sometimes the trigger itself, arming the hammer to be released by a subsequent pull of the trigger. Some external hammers, and all internal hammers,
may be cocked simply by pulling the trigger
A firearm is loaded when a cartridge is in its firing chamber. However, for safety reasons all firearms are always treated as loaded at all times.
An action type that when the trigger of a gun is pulled, the gun gets cocked and the hammer (or striker) is dropped.
This applies to both revolvers and semi-automatic guns.
On a double action revolver, when the trigger is pulled, the hammer is cocked before releasing.
With a double-action semi-automatic pistol, the hammer does not have to be manually cocked (via actually pulling back the trigger or tracking the slide), the hammer (or striker) will be cocked while the trigger is being pulled.
A firearm that only the hammer drops when the trigger is pulled is a single action gun.
A process that increases the diameter of a workpiece by compressing its length.
A firearm manufactured by someone who is not a regular maker of firearms.
A strap, usually of leather or sturdy webbing, fitted to the fore and aft (usually) of a rifle as an aid to carrying over the shoulder and as an aid to holding the rifle steadily while aiming.
A Moon Clip that hold enough rounds to load only a portion (usually half capacity) of a revolvers cylinder.
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.
A process of filling gaps between the action and the stock of a rifle with an epoxy based material.
A horizontal wedge, press-fit through the forend of a vintage gun, through a lump
attached to the underside of the barrel and out the other side of the forend.
To secure the forend in position. Also called a crosspin or a wedge fastener.
Fouling of a firearm bore by metal particles from bullets adhering to the metal surface caused by heat or friction.
A built in lock that may prevent the firearm from being fired.
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
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.
A style of rear sight, typically used on rifles for either slow-moving bullets or for long ranges, whereby a ladder may be raised from
flush with the barrel to a vertical position, and which incorporates a sliding crossbar which may be moved vertically in order to achieve significant elevation.