The Definition of Trigger Safety
An external, passive safety which can be found on the face of some trigger designs (most notably found on Glock firearms).
It is intended to prevent the trigger from being pulled by objects which find their way into the trigger guard area.
19 Other Firearms Definitions You Need To Know
Circular steel fittings, about 1/2 inch in diameter, screwed into the breech face of a gun and through which the firing pins pass.
Firing pin bushings allow the convenient replacement of broken firing pins. They also allow the renewal of an older gun where, over the decades,
leakage of high-pressure gas from corrosive primers has eroded the breech face around the firing pins; and replacing these bushings with new ones,
slightly oversized can compensate for a situation where proper headspace has been compromised.
An air gun that shoots a skirted pellet.
A double-action semi-automatic firearm which is designed to have a much lighter trigger pull than is usual for a double action.
German for a short rifle or carbine.
A type of firearm action which uses a lever located around the trigger guard area,
(often including the trigger guard itself) to load fresh cartridges into the chamber of the barrel when the lever is worked.
A fully automatic firearm that rapidly fires multiple rifle-caliber shots with a single pull of the trigger.
A metal plate on which the firing mechanism is mounted on percussion and earlier firearms.
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
Anything a person can hide behind that will probably stopp a bullet.
A Federal Firearms License (FFL) is a license in the United States that enables an individual or a company to engage in a business pertaining to
the manufacture of firearms and ammunition or the interstate and intrastate sale of firearms. Holding an FFL to engage in certain such activities has
been a legal requirement within the United States since the enactment of the Gun Control Act of 1968.
A shotgun pattern with a hole in the middle generally caused by the interference of the top wad.
Ear muff or ear plug hearing protection that have internal electronics that amplify human voices while excluding all noises louder than a given decibel rating.
Electronic hearing protection is best used when shooting outdoors. When on an indoor range they have a tendency to pick up too much echo and other muffled sounds.
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.
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.
The speed at which a projectile travels. Velocity is usually measured in feet per second or metres per second.
A type of firearms magazine that is cylindrical in shape, similar to a drum.
Probably the most recognizable drum magazine is the magazine for a Thompson carbine rifle, also known as the Tommy Gun.
A firearm manufactured by someone who is not a regular maker of firearms.
a type of fighting in which small units engage the enemy with personal weapons at very short range,
potentially to the point of hand-to-hand combat or fighting with hand weapons such as swords or knives.
A type of cartridge for a firearm that contains gunpowder but no bullet or shot. When fired, the blank makes a flash and an explosive sound (report).
Blanks are often used for simulation (such as in historical reenactments, theatre and movie special effects), training, and for signaling (see starting pistol).
Blank cartridges differ from dummy cartridges and snap caps, which are used for training or function testing firearms; these contain no primer or gunpowder, and are inert.
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