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
An unexpected and undesirable discharge of a firearm caused by circumstances beyond the control of the participant(s) such as a mechanical failure or parts breakage.
There are very, very few firearms related "accidents" and if the "Three Rules" are followed there will hopefully be no injury.
Accidental Discharge should not be confused with "Negligent Discharge".
Abbreviation for Caliber.
Abbreviation for Double Action/Single Action. A type of firearm that is designed to operate in double action on the first shot, and in single action on the second and subsequent shots.
The paper filler at the rear of the powder charge of the shotgun shell.
A type of aperture rear sight with a large opening and a thin rim that seems to fade out when the shooter looks through it.
Sometimes installed on rifles and shotguns intended for home defense or police use.
An inert ammunition-shaped object, used in practice to simulate misfeeds and other malfunctions and also used in dry fire practice.
Unlike a blank, a dummy round contains no charge at all.
A snap-cap is a type of dummy round.
A popular term for a short barreled repeating shotgun as frequently used in law enforcement and personal protection.
A condition on a shooting range that is completely safe. Any firearms at the range are on the benches, unloaded with open actions and all people have stepped away from the firing line.
A safety lever or button found on the outer surfaces of the firearm and is accessible to the user. Enabling the external safety should prevent accidental pulling of the trigger. However, the best safety is always you.
A long gun stock that may be doubled over for conveniently compact storage.
A variety of pneumatic gun that propels projectiles by means of compressed air or other gas, in contrast to firearms, which use a propellant charge.
Both the rifle and pistol forms (air rifle and air pistol) typically propel metallic projectiles, either pellets, or BBs. Certain types of air guns, usually rifles, may also propel arrows.
Abbreviation for Arsenal Exchange or ArsenalExchange.com. Example in a sentence is "Have you seen the latest postings on AE?
AE is also the abreviation for Action Express. .50 Action Express (.50 AE) is a large caliber handgun cartridge. It was developed in 1988 by Evan Whildin of Action Arms.
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.
An offset of a gun stock to the right, so
that the line of sight aligns comfortably with the right eye while the butt of the stock
rests comfortably on the right shoulder. Almost all right-handed shooters benefit from a
little castoff and most custom built guns are made this way. The only question is how
much. The castoff of a gun is about right when, with the gun comfortably mounted, the
front bead lines up with the center of the standing breech.
A stock offset to the left, for shooting from the left shoulder is said to be
A charge of powder, a projectile or a cartridge. Also, to prepare a gun for firing by inserting ammunition into it.
A type of airgun that shoots spherical non-metallic pellets.
A trigger that can be easily adjusted by the user. Adjustable triggers are common on specialized target-shooting firearms.
A stout flange, invariably incorporated into the underside of the front receiver ring of a bolt action, and also frequently
incorporated into the underside of the barrel of a heavily-recoiling rifle, which when properly bedded, transfers recoil to the stock.
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