The Definition of Group
A set of holes in a target left by a succession of bullets fired from the same rifle or handgun,
using the same ammunition and sight setting. Fired (within the limits of one's marksmanship ability)
to determine the inherent accuracy of the rifle/ammunition combination,
and to aid in the proper adjustment of the sights.
19 Other Firearms Definitions You Need To Know
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.
A trigger that breaks (to release the hammer) easy.
Sometimes also known as a
slide release or
On a semi-autmatic gun, the lever or catch that holds the slide open (after the last round is fired or when racking an empty gun).
Typically they are located on the left side of the frame about mide barrel. Some of the newer semi-automatic pistols have an
internal slide lock. Even though on pistols with an external slide catch, you can push down on the lever to release the slide,
it should never be used in such a manner. The proper way to release the slide is to rack the slide.
The amount of change in the bore axis, measured both vertically and horizontally, while the projectile moves from the chamber to the muzzle when it is fired.
The top of the butt-end of a gun stock.
There are a lot of different competitions and other games which involve firearms. These are all referred to collectively as the shooting sports.
Normally, a break-open, double-barrel, side-by-side pistol of large calibre, used by
a maharaja when hunting tiger on the back of his elephant (in the howdah, the basket compartment in which he sits).
The howdah pistol is the weapon of last resort in case the tiger tries to join him in the howdah.
Two firearms that are manufactured identical in every way and are sequentially serial numbered and are sold as a set.
The most common type of matched pair guns are cowboy style revolvers for a couple of reasons, both guns will feel exactly the same in the hands and they make the set more collectable.
A shotgun pattern with a hole in the middle generally caused by the interference of the top wad.
The interchangeable surfaces that are installed on the part of the gun that you hold.
Users change grip panels to improve the look or feel of the firearm, or to personalize it so that the gun is more suited
to a different hand size. Some grip panels are chosen for function, while others are chosen for looks. Common grip-panel materials are wood, plastic, and rubber.
a non-magnifying gun sight that allows the user to look through a glass optical window and see a cross hair
reticle image superimposed at a distance on the field of view.
The hologram of the reticle is built into the window and is illuminated by a laser diode.
A shotgun, generally stocked to shoot where it is pointed and of relatively light weight because one often carries it a great distance for upland birds,
the consequent recoil not being an important factor because one actually shoots it very little.
The part in the breech mechanism that locks the action against the firing of the cartridge.
The firing mechanism of a break-open gun which may be removed for inspection or cleaning without the use of tools.
The release latch may be plainly visible or concealed. A feature typically seen on sidelock guns but also on the Westley Richards "droplock" boxlock action.
To jerk a firearm off target inadvertently in the instant of firing in timid anticipation of recoil. Commonly caused by learning to shoot with a gun more powerful then they are ready for.
A repeating firearm in which the ammunition is held in a multi-chambered cylinder, which is rotated to bring each chamber in line with
the barrel. Most revolvers are handguns, although shoulder-fired arms have been made using this sort of mechanism.
Slang term for a firearm sound suppressor.
A material added to an explosive to slow its burning rate.
Something that will prevent or hinder something from happening.