The Definition of Three Rules
The NRA teaches the Three Basic Rules of Safe Gun Handling.
There are additional rules, but these are the three that if any two are followed, nobody will be hurt. However, obviously, all three should
always be followed.
Rule One: ALWAYS keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.
The NRA established these three rules in 1871. They were created to be easy to understand and remember,
ensuring the highest possible level of firearm safety.
Rule Two: ALWAYS keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.
Rule Three: ALWAYS keep the gun unloaded until ready to use.
See also The Four Rules
19 Other Firearms Definitions You Need To Know
The hinged cover over the opening through which cartridges are inserted into the magazine.
A trigger system designed by Remington Arms Company.
An early form of muzzle-loading revolver wherein, instead of the current practice of having one barrel mated to a multi-chambered rotating cylinder,
multiple joined barrels revolve together around a central axis.
Plugs of hardened steel, precisely machined in relation to the standard dimensional specifications of a given cartridge,
normally in sets of three: "GO", "No-Go" and "Field". By loading these plug-gauges into the chamber in succession,
one can check that the action should close on the "Go" gauge. It should not close on the "No-Go" gauge,
but might were enough force to be used. And, it absolutely should not close on the "Field" gauge.
Any safety, internal or external, which functions apart from the shooter's conscious control. Grip safeties are one example of a passive external safety.
With the execption of the BP model series, Thunder is the name of all of Bersa's pistols.
The line currently consists of three frames.
• The Thunder .380 series, which is a very reliable and good looking compact blowback system .380 acp pistol (there is also a .22lr version).
• The full size Thunder Pro series (avalable in 9mm and .40 S&W) is a locked breech design.
• The Thunder Ultra Compact Pro series, locked breech, short recoil design which is more of a commander size Thunder Pro (available in 9mm, .40 S&W, and .45 acp).
The Bersa Thunders are well known among firearms enthusiasts for being extremely high quality guns at reasonable prices.
The size of the pellets in a shotgun shell.
A small piece of leather or cloth. A patch can refer to the wadding used in loading a muzzle loading firearms or the piece of cloth used to clean a firearm bore.
A trigger that requires a lot of pressure to pull it past the break point.
Rifles tend to have considerably lighter triggers than handguns, and even a heavy rifle trigger is often lighter than a light handgun trigger.
A metal plate on which the firing mechanism is mounted on percussion and earlier firearms.
The amount of rearward force exerted by the propellant gases on the bolt or breech of a firearm action or breech when a projectile is fired.
The applied force has both magnitude and direction, making it a vector quantity. This is also known as
Bolt Thrust on firearms that are Bolt Action
The single projectile expelled from a gun. It is not the same as a cartridge, the cartridge is complete package,
which includes the case, primer, powder, and bullet, which is called or a round. Bullets can be of many materials, shapes,
weights and constructions such as solid lead, lead with a jacket of harder metal, round-nosed, flat-nosed, hollow-pointed, etc.
In shotgunning, multiple pellets contained in the shell and sent downrange when the shotgun is fired.
Usually only found on black powder muzzle loading rifles and pistols,
pulling the rear (set) trigger converts the front (main) trigger to a light, hair trigger
(too light and sensitive to be carried safely in the field). While the front trigger is always at the ready,
if one has the time, using the set trigger feature may allow for a more accurate long-distance shot.
Operates using its own miniature firing mechanism (sear, spring and hammer) when cocked,
to multiply the force of a pull on the main trigger.
A magnifying tube through which the shooter may see the target and aim the firearm. Scopes contain a reticle, commonly in the shape of a cross, which must be properly centered upon the target for accurate aim.
A stock on a long gun that can be shoved into itself to shorten it, either for storage or to make the gun fit shooters of different sizes.
Informal shooting at any of a variety of inanimate targets.
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