The Definition of Damascus Barrels
Barrel tubes built up by twisting alternate strips of iron and steel around a fixed rod (mandrel) and forge-welding them together in varying combinations
according to the intended quality and the skill of the maker. The rod was withdrawn, the interior reamed and the exterior filed until the finished tube was achieved.
Damascus barrels may be recognized by any of a variety of twist or spiral patterns visible in the surface of the steel.
Before the 20th century, barrels were typically built in this manner because gunmakers did not have the technology to drill
a deep hole the full length of a bar of steel without coming out the side.
19 Other Firearms Definitions You Need To Know
A spring-activated mechanism for the ejection of ammunition or and empty shell casing. On doubles, each barrel has a separate ejector.
A person who can shoot up to the mechanical capability of their weapon.
A measure of projectiles ability to overcome air resistance in flight.
It is inversely proportional to the deceleration—a high number indicates a low deceleration.
Ballistic Coefficient (abbreviated as BC) is a function of mass, diameter, and drag coefficient. In bullets it refers to the amount that drop over distance and wind drift will affect the bullet.
A description of a bullet whose forward diameter has expanded after penetration.
The area of a gun range where firearms are pointed when they are fired. The area of the range forward of the firing line.
Abbreviation for Caliber.
Two shots fired very quickly with the use of the sights.
On a semi-automatic pistol, or any other firearm in which the trigger is at some distance from the sear, this is an intermediate piece connecting the two parts.
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.
Being aware of and responsible of which direction your firearm is pointed at all times, and always keeping it pointed in a safe direction.
A small hole in the barrel of a gas-operated firearm through which expanding gases escape to power the autoloading system.
Also spelled blueing.
A passivation process in which steel is partially protected against rust, and is named after the blue-black appearance of the resulting protective finish.
True gun bluing is an electrochemical conversion coating resulting from an oxidizing chemical reaction with iron on the surface selectively forming magnetite
(Fe3O4), the black oxide of iron, which occupies the same volume as metallic iron. Bluing is most commonly used by gun manufacturers, gunsmiths and gun
owners to improve the cosmetic appearance of, and provide a measure of corrosion resistance to, their firearms.
An action type that when the trigger of a gun is pulled, the gun gets cocked and the hammer (or striker) is dropped.
This applies to both revolvers and semi-automatic guns.
On a double action revolver, when the trigger is pulled, the hammer is cocked before releasing.
With a double-action semi-automatic pistol, the hammer does not have to be manually cocked (via actually pulling back the trigger or tracking the slide), the hammer (or striker) will be cocked while the trigger is being pulled.
A firearm that only the hammer drops when the trigger is pulled is a single action gun.
Openings at the muzzle end of the gun through which some of the spent gases can escape.
Porting reduces perceived recoil and lessens muzzle rise but increases the noise and flash.
A small piece of leather or cloth. A patch can refer to the wadding used in loading a muzzle loading firearms or the piece of cloth used to clean a firearm bore.
A floppy, limp wrist while shooting.
Incorrectoly sometimes referred to as a silencer, it is used to reduce the sound of a firearm's discharge.
They do not actually silence most firearms but rather lower the intensity of the muzzle blast and change the sound characteristics
(works similarly to an automotive muffler by disrupting and spreading out the sound waves).
The possession, use, and transportation of silencers have been tightly controlled under federal law since 1934.
Any device which reduces the sound of discharge by more than 2 dB is considered by the BATF to be a suppressor.
Slang for hearing protection. Applies to either muffs or plugs.