The Definition of Weaver Stance
In the Weaver stance,
the body is bladed partly sideways in relation to the target rather than squared towards it (think boxing or martial arts fighter stance).
The elbows are flexed and pointed downward. The strong-side arm is slightly straighter than the weak-side arm.
Even though the legs are not square to tharget, the hips should be square to the target. The feet should be pointed at the target.
The shooter pushes out with the gun hand, while the weak hand pulls back.
This produces a push-pull tension which is the chief defining characteristic of the Weaver stance.
19 Other Firearms Definitions You Need To Know
The part of a revolver's frame connecting the recoil shield to the barrel-mounting recess; adding considerable strength compared to that
of early black powder Colt revolvers, and providing a base for a rear sight.
A firearms manufacturer started by Samuel Colt in 1855. Colt is most famous for the revolvers they invented and built in the 1800's and
the semi-automatic pistol model 1911 designed by John Moses Browning, and for being the first manufacturer of the AR-15 type rifles.
The practice of modifying military-type firearms either to make them suitable for civilian sporting use.
Common sporterizing includes changing the stock or sights.
How the shooter positions her body while shooting. The three most widely used handgun stances are
A small lever mounted to the cocking piece of a Mauser 98 action (and its copies such as the Springfield 1903),
rotating on a longitudinal axis from left (Fire), up to the top (Safe, but allowing bolt movement), and over to
the right (Bolt and firing pin locked Safe). While commendable for locking the firing pin instead of just the trigger,
its up-and-over arc of operation requires a scope to be mounted awkwardly high.
Paul Mauser is not to be blamed; when his safety was developed, telescopic sights were in such infancy as not to be worthy of mainstream consideration.
Abbreviation for Caliber.
The speed at which a projectile travels. Velocity is usually measured in feet per second or metres per second.
Sloppy movement (slack) of a trigger before the actual point of let-off.
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.
The action of moving live cartridges from the magazine of a firearm into the chamber.
A firearm with a coil-spring-actuated firing pin, or with its hammer enclosed inside the action body; i.e.. no externally visible hammer.
A 1/60th part of a degree, the unit of measure used in adjusting rifle sights.
As it turns out conveniently, a minute of angle translates almost exactly to one inch at 100 yards
(actually 1.047 inches), to two inches at 200 yards and three inches at 300 yards
An offset of a gun stock to the left, so
that the line of sight aligns comfortably with the left eye while the butt of the stock
rests comfortably on the left shoulder. Almost all left-handed shooters benefit from a
little caston and most custom built guns are made this way. The only question is how
much. The caston 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 right, for shooting from the right shoulder is said to be
An armor-piercing shell must withstand the shock of punching through armor plating. Shells designed for this purpose
have a greatly strengthened case with a specially hardened and shaped nose,
and a much smaller bursting charge.
The use of an electric current to fire a cartridge, instead of a percussion cap. In an electronic-fired firearm an electric current
is used instead to ignite the propellant, which fires the cartridge as soon as the trigger is pulled.
Helical grooves in the barrel of a gun or firearm, which imparts a spin to a projectile around its long axis.
This spin serves to gyroscopically stabilize the projectile, improving its aerodynamic stability and accuracy.
A name for any palm sized handgun which fires a small caliber.
The action of an external hammer pinching or poking the web of the operator's
shooting hand between the thumb and fore-finger when the gun is fired.
A pair of small dovetailed steel bases, screwed usually one to the barrel and one to the front receiver ring of a rifle,
to accept mounts for target scopes such as the Unertl where the scope is allowed to move forward in the rings under
the recoil of the rifle and which typically carry the windage and elevation adjustments in the mount.