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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Sometimes spelled Quad Rail.
First conceived and sold by Knights Armament Company in the mid 90s when Reed Knight saw soldiers duct taping flashlights to their handguards in news footage of Panama, the quad rail has become almost a standard item found on most military rifles. Quad rails allow easy attachment of accessories which aid tactical shooters, such as lights, infrared lasers, foregrips, sling attachment points, and secondary sighting systems.
However, nowadays, any full length forearms on an AR, with or without rails may also be refered to as a Quadrail.
The second article in the United States Bill of Rights which states,
"A well regulated militia being necessary for a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."
Ammunition that has been assembled by a commercial vendor of ammunition and sold in retail stores. This is as opposed to Hand loads which have been assembled by individuals and are not typically sold.
Oregon Firearms Federation. OFF is a Pro-Gun rights group based in Oregon and was founded in 1998.
A chemical phosphate process developed during the second world war to provide an economical, durable and non-reflective surface finish to military firearms.
A semi-automatic pistol in which the barrel and breechblock are locked together for the full distance of rearward recoil travel,
after which the barrel returns forward, while the breechblock is held back. After the barrel has fully returned,
the breechblock is released to fly forward, chambering a fresh round in the process.
A short stock, often ideally sized for teenagers, average-sized adult women, and small-statured adult males.
A device fitted inside the buttstock of a heavily-recoiling gun or rifle, usually containing mercury and a valve. As the gun recoils,
the mercury is displaced temporarily, increasing the duration, and thus diminishing the perceived impact of the recoil.
The added half-pound of weight doesn#39;t hurt either.
A cartridge in which the base diameter is the same as the body diameter. The casing will normally have an extraction groove machined around it near the base,
creating a "rim" at the base that is the same diameter as the body diameter.
The point of the trigger's return at which the gun's internal mechanisms are ready to fire another round.
The locking lugs on a break-action firearm that extend from the bottom of the barrels under the chamber(s) and connect into the receiver bottom.
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