A groove or indention around the circumference of a bullet. Its purpose is to permit the cartridge casing to be crimped tightly against the bullet shank to hold it firmly to the casing. A groove or indention around the circumference of a bullet. Its purpose is to permit the cartridge casing to be crimped tightly against the bullet shank to hold it firmly to the casing.
A piece of tooling used to form a sequence of uniform parts through the use of heat and/or pressure; especially, in firearms terminology used to form brass cartridge cases accurately to their correct size for reloading.
A shooting sport where cometitors use three different guns on each stage of the competion; shotgun, rifle and handgun.
A sub-field of ballistics, is the study of the behavior of a projectile when it hits its target.
This means a shooter who is right-handed but left-eyed, or left-handed and right-eyed.
The distance travelled by a projectile from the point where it strikes the target to the point where it stops.
A name for any palm sized handgun which fires a small caliber.
Informal shooting at any of a variety of inanimate targets.
The rear portion of the barrel or firing cylinder in which the cartridge is inserted prior to being fired. Rifles and pistols generally have a single chamber in their barrels, while revolvers have multiple chambers in their cylinders and no chamber in their barrel.
To shoot while standing and without bracing against anything. Sometimes it can also mean to shoot with your non-dominant hand.
An inclined, polished area on a repeating firearm, just behind the chamber, that helps guide a cartridge into the chamber when pushed forward by the closing bolt or slide.
A passage built into a firearm to allow the safe conduct of unexpected gas, as from a pierced primer, to minimize damage both to the gun and to the shooter.
A needle like metal part of a modern firearm that gives a vigorous strike to the primer initiating the firing of the cartridge.
A rear barrel sight base, more articulated than having the sight simply dovetailed into the barrel, but not requiring as much gunsmithing as having it mounted onto a proper quarter-rib.
Defined according to Section 921 (a) (16), Title 18, U.S.C. as:
A Muzzleloading long gun which has a completely smooth bore and is intended to fire a single projectile rather than a collection of shot.
Fouling of a firearm bore by metal particles from bullets adhering to the metal surface caused by heat or friction.
A concave, semi-cylindrical surface cut into the forward lump of a barrel set of a break-open firearm which revolves about the hinge-pin when the gun is opened.
The hinged cover over the opening through which cartridges are inserted into the magazine.
The slang term for the procedure to clear a misfeed. To clear a misfeed, tap the base of the magazine firmly to be sure it is properly seated, rack the slide to eject an empty case or feed a new round, and assess to be sure your target still needs shooting. If it does, pull the trigger to create the bang.