Letter K Firearms Glossary
Usually referred to as a Kentucky Long Rifle or simply Longrifle, the Kentucky Rifle is a flintlock rifle with a long barrel and short, crooked stock. It is widely believed to be a largely unique development of American rifles that was uncommon in European rifles of the same period.
The Kentucky Long Rifleis an early example of a firearm using rifling, (spiral grooves in the bore). This gave the projectile, commonly a round lead ball, a spiraling motion, increasing the stability of the trajectory.
Rifled firearms saw their first major combat usage in the American colonies during the Seven Years war, and later the American Revolution in the eighteenth century.
A horizontal wedge, press-fit through the forend of a vintage gun, through a lump
attached to the underside of the barrel and out the other side of the forend.
To secure the forend in position. Also called a crosspin or a wedge fastener.
The tendency of a bullet to tip in flight and hit a target sideways, leaving a distinctly oblong hole.
This destabilization of the spinning bullet in flight is typically caused by a bullet weight inappropriate
for the rate of twist of the rifled barrel, an out-of-balance bullet or its having nicked an impediment such as a blade of grass, in flight.
The curved, forward end of the bar of a break-open firearm's action, about which the mounted
forend iron revolves downward. This area should be kept lightly greased to avoid galling the bearing surfaces.
A metal surface which contains a pattern of ridges or beads.
German for "short." Seen as part of a cartridge designation. On some German manufactured guns that use .380 ACP, the designated caliber is 9mm Kurtz (9mm Short), which is also the same as the Italian 9mm Corto
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A flashbang holster is a type of holster for women that allows the firearm to sit horizontally tucked under the bra band.
As the gun is pulled straight down, the clamshell opens up and permits the wearer to draw.
It is named a flashbang because the wearer hash to pull up their shirt (flash) to draw the gun out of the holster, then shoot (bang).
These holsters have become very popular with women that conceal carry since the firearms is neatly hidden under the breast line in clothing
and does not require the wearer to stay latched onto a purse or have to deal with the inconviences that come with inside the waist band carry
Abbreviation for feet per second. A term used in expressing the velocity of a bullet.
A highly sensitive explosive used as a primer compound.
A higher quality item used to increase accuracy, generally used for competition in a match. Match grade ammo and barrels are the most common improvements made to a firearm to improve accuracy for competition.
Originally, live pigeons were used as targets, but they were gradually replaced with clay disks and ultimately banned. Later clay has been replaced with more suitable raw materials.
A material added to an explosive to slow its burning rate.
Something that will prevent or hinder something from happening.
To explode with great violence. It is generally associated with high explosives e.g. TNT, dynamite, etc., and not with the relatively slow-burning smokeless gunpowders that are classed as propellants.
A bullet that is designed to disintegrate into tiny particles upon impact to minimize their penetration for reasons of range safety,
to limit environmental impact, or to limit the danger behind the intended target. Examples are the Glaser Safety Slug and the breaching round.
A line, either imaginary or marked, from which people shoot their firearms down range.
A mark within a border, typically
stamped into the wood, especially of an American military rifle. It shows the
initials of the name of the accepting inspector and often, the date he accepted
the firearm into service.
Abbreviation for Double Action/Single Action. A type of firearm that is designed to operate in double action on the first shot, and in single action on the second and subsequent shots.
A clip IS NOT a magazine. A clip is used to load a magazine.
A clip is a simple, disposable narrow spring-lined channel-rail
that is used to store multiple rounds of ammunition together as a unit, ready for insertion into the magazine of a repeating firearm.
This speeds up the process of loading and reloading the firearm as several rounds can be loaded at once, rather than one round being loaded at a time.
The term clip commonly refers to a firearm magazine, though this usage is absolutely completely totaly 100% incorrect.
In the correct usage, a clip is used to feed a magazine or revolving cylinder,
while a magazine or a belt is used to load cartridges into the chamber of a firearm.
in which cartridges are supplied for military weapons. The shooter positions the clip
vertically above the firearm's magazine, then pressing down with the thumb,
slides the cartridges from the clip and down into the magazine.
The condition of a cartridge not firing when an attempt to fire it is made.
It can be caused by either a defective cartridge or a defective firearm.
The term is frequently misused to indicate a Negligent Discharge of a firearm.