The Definition of Tangent Sight
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.
19 Other Firearms Definitions You Need To Know
Shooting a target at a very very close range.
A spring-activated mechanism for the ejection of ammunition or and empty shell casing. On doubles, each barrel has a separate ejector.
The premier bolt action, whose design by Paul Mauser coalesced in 1898,
and from which were derived the Springfield 1903, the Winchester Model 70 and many others.
Also known as Gun Powder.
A mixture of sulfur, charcoal, and potassium nitrate. It burns rapidly, producing a volume of hot gas made up of carbon dioxide, water, and nitrogen, and a solid residue of potassium sulfide.
Because of its burning properties and the amount of heat and gas volume that it generates, gunpowder has been widely used as a propellant in firearms and as a
pyrotechnic composition in fireworks.
Modern firearms do not use the traditional black powder described here, but instead use smokeless powder.
Is a failure of the next round to completely enter the chamber. Misfeeds and failures to feed are very similar, a
failure to feed is a round that never even leaves the top of the magazine, while a misfeed is a
round that leaves the magazine but does not enter the chamber.
A name for any palm sized handgun which fires a small caliber.
A shotgun term which refers to the manner in which the pellets spread out as they exit the gun.
"The pattern" refers to the overall shape of the entire set. A tight pattern is one in which the pellets are closely grouped when they land on target.
A loose pattern is one in which the pellets are widely spread.
Although a misused term (even within the firearms industry), Long Colt is a designation for an ammunition cartrige developed by Colt mainly used for revolvers. The actual designation is Colt instead of Long Colt.
The term Long Colt was originally coined to avoid confusion between the .45 Colt and .45 ACP cartridges
The curved, forward end of the bar of a break-open firearm's action, about which the mounted
forend iron revolves downward. This area should be kept lightly greased to avoid galling the bearing surfaces.
A device used to load magazines or revolver cylinders quicker than by hand.
A bullet shape with a flat nose rather than a rounded one.
Abbreviation for Accidental Discharge
A self-loading firearm whose breechblock and barrel are not positively locked together, but which incorporates a mechanism which initially restricts the breechblock from moving when fired, delaying its opening.
A machine gun that is designed to be carried and opperated by a single person.
The recoil spring is the powerful spring that cushions the slide in its rearward travel and then sends the slide forward again with enough force to drive the fresh round firmly into the chamber.
The strength of the recoil spring is calibrated to run the slide without any outside assistance.