Letter Z Firearms Glossary
A firearm is said to be "zeroed in" when its sights have been adjusted so that the bullet will hit the center of the target
when the sights are properly aligned upon the center of the target. The farthest distance from a firearm at which the bullet's path and the point of aim coincide.
This term is also used to mean the process of insuring that the sights of a firearm are properly aligned so that where they
indicate the bullet will strike is in fact where it strikes.
The act of setting up a telescopic or other sighting system so that the point of impact of a bullet matches the sights at a specified distance.
18 Other Firearms Definitions You Need To Know
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 setting on the sights used to accommodate the wind or adjust for horizontal (side-to-side) errors in the alignment of the sights with the bore of the firearm.
A large piece of curved metal at the top of the grip on a pistol which protects the user's hand from getting "bitten" by the hammer or slide.
It is nearly always the top part of the grip safety commonly found on many 1911-style pistols.
Crude adjustments made to an optical firearm sight, or iron sights, to align the firearm barrel and sights.
This method is usually used to pre-align the sights, which makes zeroing (zero drop at XX distance) much faster.
A pair of slender and easily-carried wooden dowels or sticks, which when held, crossed, in the fingers of the left hand while also supporting the forend of a rifle,
usually shooting offhand, provides somewhat enhanced stability for a more accurate shot.
A type of shotgun ammunition that uses medium-sized to large-sized pellets of .24" in diameter or greater,
designed to be discharged in quantity from a shotgun. Generally the larger the pellets, the fewer of them there are in casing.
A slang term for a revolver that holds siz rounds. Usually referring to cowboy style revolvers.
Yanking the trigger back abruptly, thus pulling the muzzle of the gun downward at the moment the shot fires.
The single projectile expelled from a gun. It is not the same as a cartridge, the cartridge is complete package,
which includes the case, primer, powder, and bullet, which is called or a round. Bullets can be of many materials, shapes,
weights and constructions such as solid lead, lead with a jacket of harder metal, round-nosed, flat-nosed, hollow-pointed, etc.
Hearing protection that completely covers both ears and is usually attached to a headband.
The top of the butt-end of a gun stock.
A musket shortened for cavalry use.
A slang term for a shotgun.
An offset of a gun stock to the right, so
that the line of sight aligns comfortably with the right eye while the butt of the stock
rests comfortably on the right shoulder. Almost all right-handed shooters benefit from a
little castoff and most custom built guns are made this way. The only question is how
much. The castoff 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 left, for shooting from the left shoulder is said to be
Abbreviation for Concealed Firearms Permit.
A firearm specially designed for use underwater.