The Definition of Luger
American name for the German "Parabellum" semiautomatic pistol introduced in 1900.
The Parabellum was designed by Georg Luger, and based on the earlier Borchardt pistol.
The official German military nomenclature was "Pistole '08" or "Po8." At first, it was chambered for the 7.65mm Parabellum round.
Soon, it was modified to use the 9mm Parabellum cartridge, which is what most people refer to today when talking about a 9mm cartridge.
"Luger" is now a trademark owned by the Stoeger Arms Co.
19 Other Firearms Definitions You Need To Know
Abbreviation for Accidental Discharge
A device fitted inside the buttstock of a heavily-recoiling gun or rifle, usually containing mercury and a valve.
As the gun recoils, the mercury is displaced temporarily, increasing the duration, and thus diminishing the
perceived impact of the recoil. The added half-pound of weight doesn't hurt either.
A bore snake is a tool used to clean the inside (bore) of the barrel of a gun. It resembles a short section of rope with a smaller,
weighted cord attached to one end to help feed the bore snake through the barrel. A bore snake often has one or more integrated brushes to help clean the barrel,
and may also be used to apply lubricant. It is an alternative to using a cleaning rod and patches to clean the barrel of a gun.
Bore snakes are made in different sizes for different calibers and gauges of guns.
A device used (usually set on a counter) to support a shooters arms and/or hands to help make steadier shots.
A bolt-action designed by Browning firearms.
The x-bolt action features a short 60° bolt lift. So it is fast cycling and allows working the bolt quicker without the scope getting in the way.
The NRA teaches the Three Basic Rules of Safe Gun Handling.
There are additional rules, but these are the three that if any two are followed, nobody will be hurt. However, obviously, all three should
always be followed.
Rule One: ALWAYS keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.
The NRA established these three rules in 1871. They were created to be easy to understand and remember,
ensuring the highest possible level of firearm safety.
Rule Two: ALWAYS keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.
Rule Three: ALWAYS keep the gun unloaded until ready to use.
See also The Four Rules
A chemical phosphate process developed during the second world war to provide an economical, durable and non-reflective surface finish to military firearms.
The face of the action of a break-open firearm which houses the firing pins and receives the direct recoil of the fired round.
A rod, for loading and/or cleaning a muzzle-loading
firearm (usually a pistol) that is permanently connected to the gun by some sort
of swivel, so as to be easily utilized, but never lost.
Yanking the trigger back abruptly, thus pulling the muzzle of the gun downward at the moment the shot fires.
Small spherical projectiles loaded in shotshells and more often called "shot."
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 premature, unintended discharge of a firearm that occurs as a round is being loaded into the chamber.
Ammunition that has been assembled by a commercial vendor of ammunition and sold in retail stores. This is as opposed to Hand loads which have been assembled by individuals and are not typically sold.
Pulling the slide back to its rearmost position, and then letting it go forward under its own spring tension.
Racking the slide loads the chamber and prepares the gun to fire in a semi-automatic handgun.
On an outdoor shooting range, a large pile of dirt that functions as a backstop.