The Definition of Tap, Rack, Bang
Tap, Rack, Bang
The slang term for the procedure to clear a misfeed. To clear a misfeed, tap the base of the magazine firmly to be sure it is properly seated,
rack the slide to eject an empty case or feed a new round, and assess to
be sure your target still needs shooting. If it does, pull the trigger to create the bang.
19 Other Firearms Definitions You Need To Know
In shotgunning, multiple pellets contained in the shell and sent downrange when the shotgun is fired.
A sidelock action where the mainspring is mounted rearward towards the butt.
The back action is often used in double rifles where the need for strength requires as
little steel as possible be removed from the bar of the action.
A flat piece of rubber which holds revolver cartridges preparatory to loading them into the revolver's cylinder. Similar to a moon clip
Anything that can be used in an offensive attack or in defense of an offensive attack. Guns are not necessarily weapons.
A gun can be used as a weapon, but so can a pencil, fist, car, a wad of paper or any other object used to attack or retaliate against an offensive attack. Even words can be used as a weapon.
Guns and other objects should be always called what they are; gun, rifle, pistol, pencil, knife, tomato or whatever they are. They should never be referred to as a weapon, EVER.
Some examples of the proper usage for the word "weapon" would be:
"One weapon used in the attack against the left flank was dirt clods".
"The marshmallow gun was the weapon of choice used in the accounting vs marketing skirmishes."
"The liberal leftists use words and restrictive controlling laws as weapons against the freedom of the people."
A passive, external safety typically located on the backstrap, which must be fully depressed to release the trigger. Most 1911-pattern pistols feature a grip safety.
Holding the trigger to the rear after the shot has fired, until the sights are back on target, at which time the trigger is released.
Firearms designed to be carried and used by an individual or individuals.
An expanding bullet is a bullet designed to expand on impact, increasing in diameter to limit penetration and/or produce a larger diameter wound.
The two typical designs are the hollow point bullet and the soft point bullet.
See also Dum-Dum Bullet
A plain, functional, unembellished firearm used to hunt in rough terrain where one might prefer not to put a more expensive, deluxe grade gun at risk of damage.
A type of mechanism for removing a spent shell casing from the chamber of a firearm and inserting a fresh cartridge into the chamber.
This type of mechanism is most commonly used in shotguns and rimfire rifles.
The paper filler at the rear of the powder charge of the shotgun shell.
The housing for a firearm's breech (portion of the barrel with chamber into which a cartridge or projectile is loaded) and firing mechanism.
In semi-automatic handguns and revolvers, this part is typically called the frame.
Ammunition that has been assembled by a commercial vendor of ammunition and sold in retail stores. This is as opposed to Hand loads which have been assembled by individuals and are not typically sold.
The entire process of moving the trigger from its forward-most position to its rearward-most position, causing the hammer to fall and the shot to fire.
There are two basic variants of the Isosceles stance, the
Traditional Isosceles and
Modern Isosceles stance.
In both Isosceles stances, the feet parallel pointing toward the target and are roughly shoulder width apart.
Both arms are stretched almost equally forward with the gun centered forward, creating the triangular shape which gives the stance its name.
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.
A malfunction in which the spent case fails to eject from a semi-automatic firearm and blocks the chamber.
As the fresh round is brought forward it cannot enter the chamber. It is cleared by
stripping the magazine from the gun, racking the slide several times to eject the spent case, and then reloading.
Recoil operation is an operating mechanism used in locked-breech, autoloading firearms. As the name implies, these actions use the force of recoil to provide energy to cycle the action.