The Definition of Mauser Safety
A small lever mounted to the cocking piece of a Mauser 98 action (and its copies such as the Springfield 1903),
rotating on a longitudinal axis from left (Fire), up to the top (Safe, but allowing bolt movement), and over to
the right (Bolt and firing pin locked Safe). While commendable for locking the firing pin instead of just the trigger,
its up-and-over arc of operation requires a scope to be mounted awkwardly high.
Paul Mauser is not to be blamed; when his safety was developed, telescopic sights were in such infancy as not to be worthy of mainstream consideration.
19 Other Firearms Definitions You Need To Know
A trigger that breaks (to release the hammer) easy.
A type of firearm action in which the guns's bolt is operated manually by the opening and closing of the breech (barrel) with a small handle.
As the handle is operated, the bolt is unlocked, the breech is opened, the spent shell casing is withdrawn and ejected,
the firing pin is cocked, and finally a new round/shell (if available) is placed into the breech and the bolt closed.
A slang term for a small inexpensive handgun. Saturday night specials have been defined as compact, inexpensive,
small-caliber handguns with perceived low quality; however, there is no official definition of "Saturday night special" under federal law,
though some states define "Saturday night specials" or "junk guns" by means of composition or materials strength.
Low cost and high availability make these weapons attractive to many buyers despite their shortcomings.
Short for the word Ambidextrous. Meaning that a feature of a firearms can be used by either hand, for example ambi-safety, ambi slide catch or ambi mag release.
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 firearm is loaded when a cartridge is in its firing chamber. However, for safety reasons all firearms are always treated as loaded at all times.
An economical method of bringing new life to a damaged pair of barrels, regardless of their original method of jointing.
The ribs are removed. The barrels are cut off 3" - 4" from the breech end and discarded. The bores of the remaining breech-end are reamed out oversize.
New tubes are fitted down into the original breech section and filed down to fit flush. The original ribs are then replaced. Sleeving is considerably less expensive than building a completely new set of barrels. Much of the time required to build a set of barrels is concentrated in the fitting of the breech end to the receiver; this work is salvaged through sleeving. Sleeving can be recognized by a pair of circumferential lines around the barrels a few inches from the breech; the more invisible, the finer the job. A sleeved gun should always be identified as such amongst the proof marks, and if done in England must be properly reproofed. Photo
Sleeving is not the same thing as Monoblocking.
A built in lock that may prevent the firearm from being fired.
A spring-loaded hinged front trigger on a dual trigger side by side or over under shotgun, built to cushion its impact on one's trigger finger as the gun recoils when the rear trigger is pulled.
To hit someone with the grip of a pistol.
A malfunction which locks up the gun so badly that tools are required in order to fix it. Sometimes used to denote a simple malfunction,
but many people make a distinction between a complete jam and a simple malfunction.
A type of firearms magazine that is cylindrical in shape, similar to a drum.
Probably the most recognizable drum magazine is the magazine for a Thompson carbine rifle, also known as the Tommy Gun.
The National Association for Gun Rights (NAGR) is a gun rights advocacy group in the United States. Headed by Dudley Brown, a long-time gun rights advocate, the National Association for Gun Rights was formed
in 2000 as a grassroots, member-centric organization with a no-compromise approach to gun rights issues through an aggressive strategy.
German for "short." Seen as part of a cartridge designation. On some German manufactured guns that use .380 ACP, the designated caliber is 9mm Kurtz (9mm Short), which is also the same as the Italian 9mm Corto
A trigger that can be easily adjusted by the user. Adjustable triggers are common on specialized target-shooting firearms.
Same as Follower. A plate, mounted to the top of a spring, inside a magazine, over which cartridges may slide smoothly as they are guided into the chamber of a repeating firearm.
Firearms which are of special interest to collectors by reason of some quality
other than is associated with firearms intended for sporting use or as offensive or
defensive weapons. To be recognized as curios or relics, firearms must fall within one of
the following categories:
A special Curios or Relics license is available from the BATF, which allows collectors to buy eligible firearms in interstate commerce.
- Firearms which were manufactured at least 50 years prior to the current date, but not
including replicas thereof;
- Firearms which are certified by the curator of a municipal, State, or Federal museum
which exhibits firearms to be curios or relics of museum interest; and
- Any other firearms which derive a substantial part of their monetary value from the fact
that they are novel, rare, bizarre, or because of their association with some historical
figure, period, or event. Proof of qualification of a particular firearm under this
category may be established by evidence of present value and evidence that like firearms
are not available except as collector's items, or that the value of like firearms
available in ordinary channels is substantially less.
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