The Definition of Varmint Gun
Usually a rifle, but not always.
A small-caliber firearm or high-powered air gun primarily used for hunting
non-native or non-game animals such as rats, squirrels, gophers, jackrabbits, marmots, groundhogs, porcupine, opossum, coyote, skunks, weasels,
and other animals considered to be nuisance vermin destructive to native or domestic plants and animals.
19 Other Firearms Definitions You Need To Know
In a handgun that does not have a hammer, the striker is a linear driven, spring loaded cylindrical part which strikes the primer of a chambered cartridge.
The striker replaces both the hammer and firing pin found in hammer driven pistols.
The amount of propellant powder that is suitable for specific cartridge-bullet combination,
or in the case of shotshells, for a specific weight of shot and wad column.
Abbreviation for Concealed Handgun License.
A type of reflector (reflex) sight for firearms that gives the uses a red light-emitting diode as a reticle to create an aimpoint.
Also known as peep sights, range from the ghost ring sight, whose thin ring blurs to near invisibility (hence ghost), to target aperture sights that use large disks or other occluders with pinhole-sized apertures. In general, the thicker the ring, the more precise the sight, and the thinner the ring, the faster the sight.
A fully automatic firearm that rapidly fires multiple rifle-caliber shots with a single pull of the trigger.
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.
Any piece that projects from a firearm for the purpose of attaching something to it.
For example barrel lugs are used to attach a break-action shotgun barrel to the action itself.
If the firearm is a revolver, the term may also refer to a protrusion under the barrel that adds weight,
thereby stabilizing the gun during aiming, mitigating recoil, and reducing muzzle flip. A full lug extends all the way to the muzzle,
while a half lug extends only partially down the barrel. On a swing-out-cylinder revolver, the lug is slotted to accommodate the ejector rod.
A hand tool used in the field for inserting live
and removing spent primers from cartridges.
Any substance (TNT, etc.) that, through chemical reaction, detonates or violently changes to gas with accompanying heat and pressure.
On a revolver, the collective ejector, manually operated through the center of an opened cylinder, when activated, clears all chambers at once.
Abbreviation for Concealed Carry License.
The opening in the bottom of the gun into which a box magazine is fed. On a semi-auto handgun,
the magazine well is at the base of the grip; on a rifle, it is usually placed in front of the trigger guard.
To bring the butt of a long gun's stock to the shooter's shoulder, preparatory to firing the gun.
A colloquial term to describe a break-open gun, of any quality but often of the very highest,
bearing the least possible decoration; having an all-blued receiver with either no
engraving at all or only a simple borderline.
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.
For self-defensive shooters, Center Of Mass (COM) represents the area of an attackers torso within which the most vital organs are likely to be disrupted by a gunshot.
Shooting to COM is considered the most expedient way to stop an assailant from continuing threatening behavior.
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