The Definition of Wildcat Cartridge
A wildcat cartridge, or wildcat, is a custom cartridge for which ammunition and/or firearms are not mass-produced.
These cartridges are often created in order to optimize a certain performance characteristic (such as the power, size or efficiency) of an existing commercial cartridge.
Developing and using wildcat cartridges does not generally serve a purpose in military or law enforcement;
it is more a hobby for serious shooting, hunting, gunsmithing and handloading enthusiasts, particularly in the United States.
There are potentially endless amounts of different kinds of wildcat cartridges: one source of gunsmithing equipment has a library of over
6,000 different wildcat cartridges for which they produce equipment such as chamber reamers.
19 Other Firearms Definitions You Need To Know
The size of the pellets in a shotgun shell.
In the rifling of a bore, the uncut portions of the barrel's inner surface left after the rifling grooves have been cut into the metal. In other words, the raised portion of rifling.
A style of rear sight, typically used on rifles for either slow-moving bullets or for long ranges, whereby a ladder may be raised from
flush with the barrel to a vertical position, and which incorporates a sliding crossbar which may be moved vertically in order to achieve significant elevation.
A handgun or rifle shooting sport in which the competitors attempt to knock over metallic game-shaped targets at various ranges.
The correct technical term for the ability of a projectile to incapacitate an animal or human shot with a firearm. Incorrectly called Stopping Power.
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.
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.
Slang word abreviation for Ammunition.
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.
A set of holes in a target left by a succession of bullets fired from the same rifle or handgun,
using the same ammunition and sight setting. Fired (within the limits of one's marksmanship ability)
to determine the inherent accuracy of the rifle/ammunition combination,
and to aid in the proper adjustment of the sights.
The paper filler at the rear of the powder charge of the shotgun shell.
A shotgun shooting sport that combines elements of skeet and trap, and that is designed to simulate field conditions.
A condition (status) of a shooting range that shooters may commence to fire.
A small metal tube extending through the breech of a percussion firearm through which the flame passes from the percussion cap to fire the powder charge.
A rifle or carbine with a one-piece stock extending to the muzzle. Sometimes called a Mannlicher stock,
although such a term is confusing because Mannlicher Schoenauer rifles are built with both full and half stocks.
Traditional in Europe for close-range woodland hunting, but not noted for extreme, long-range accuracy.
The working mechanism of a firearm involved with presenting the cartridge for firing, and in removing the spent casing and introducing a fresh cartridge.
For example some of the most common types of Actions are single, double, bolt, lever and pump.
The National Rifle Association. This organization coordinates shooting events on a national level, provides firearms training to civilians and law enforcement,
fights restrictive firearms legislation and supports the constitutional right of law abiding citizens to own and carry firearms.
Typically used in the .22 caliber cartridge designation .22 Long Rifle, which is abbreviated .22LR.