The Definition of Federal Firearms License
Federal Firearms License
A Federal Firearms License (FFL) is a license in the United States that enables an individual or a company to engage in a business pertaining to
the manufacture of firearms and ammunition or the interstate and intrastate sale of firearms. Holding an FFL to engage in certain such activities has
been a legal requirement within the United States since the enactment of the Gun Control Act of 1968.
19 Other Firearms Definitions You Need To Know
The part of the trigger mechanism which holds the hammer or striker back. Pressure on the trigger causes the sear to release the hammer or striker, allowing it to strike the firing pin and discharge the weapon.
A plain, functional, unembellished firearm used to hunt in rough terrain where one might prefer not to put a more expensive, deluxe grade gun at risk of damage.
In a shotgun barrel, A tapered area a few inches from the breech end, providing a transition between the chamber
(approximately the diameter of the outside of a shotgun shell) to the bore proper (approximately the diameter of the inside of a shotgun shell).
The forcing cone provides the transition between the exterior and the interior diameters of the cartridge.
Older shotguns usually have more abrupt forcing cones suitable for then-current thick-walled paper shells with fibre wads.
Newer shotguns usually have more gradual, longer forcing cones suitable for thinner modern plastic shells with obturating plastic shot-cup wads.
A compartment built into the buttstock of a long gun,
usually with a hinged cover, in which are drilled holes deep enough to hold
several spare cartridges of the type suitable for use in the specific gun.
Is when the outline of the concealed handgun may be discerned through the outer clothing.
a type of fighting in which small units engage the enemy with personal weapons at very short range,
potentially to the point of hand-to-hand combat or fighting with hand weapons such as swords or knives.
Abbreviation for Center Of Mass.
The entire process of moving the trigger from its forward-most position to its rearward-most position, causing the hammer to fall and the shot to fire.
A unit of measure traditionally used for black powder shotgun charges. Today, used for smokeless powders on the basis of the new propellant's
equivalent performance to that weight of black powder. Thus, a shotgun shell marked 3 - 1 1/8
would be loaded with the smokeless powder equivalent of 3 drams of black powder, and with 1 ounce of shot. 1 Dram = 1/16 ounce = 437.5 grains.
A barrel without rifling. Smooth bore barrels are commonly used in shotguns and in large bore artillery that fire fin stabilized projectiles.
A shotgun shooting sport in which the competitors attempt to break aerial targets directed toward them or crossing in front of them from different angles and elevations. It is an Olympic shooting sport.
A middle position for an external hammer that effectively provides a safety function. With a firearm with non-rebounding hammers,
when on half-cock, the firing pin will not rest on the firing-pin.
Circular steel fittings, about 1/2 inch in diameter, screwed into the breech face of a gun and through which the firing pins pass.
Firing pin bushings allow the convenient replacement of broken firing pins. They also allow the renewal of an older gun where, over the decades,
leakage of high-pressure gas from corrosive primers has eroded the breech face around the firing pins; and replacing these bushings with new ones,
slightly oversized can compensate for a situation where proper headspace has been compromised.
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A stock on a long gun that can be shoved into itself to shorten it, either for storage or to make the gun fit shooters of different sizes.
Damage that is unintended or incidental to the intended outcome.
A feature on some guns which allows various aftermarket accessories to be attached the firearm such as flashlights or lasers.
On pistols, if equipped, the rail is on the underside of the frame below the barrel.
On rifles, a rain can be found above or below the barrel, with AR type rifles, the forestock can be made of rails allowing all kinds of attachments in various positions.
To bring the butt of a long gun's stock to the shooter's shoulder, preparatory to firing the gun.
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