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
Not really a gun at all. During the U.S. Civil War,
both sides would take tree branches or tree trunks, paint them black, and position them so that they appeared to be rifles or artillery pieces.
By doing so, they could fool the other side into believing that they had more artillery than they really did.
A specialized facility designed for firearms practice.
Assault Rifles and Assault Weapons do not exist. The terms Assault Rifle and Assault Weapon are made up terms by the anti-gun lobby to describe
black rifles with forward grips that you might see in the movies like an AR-15 or an AK-47.
Assault Rifles do not exist because a gun cannot assault anything, they are machines that need to be operated by a person.
There are a lot of different competitions and other games which involve firearms. These are all referred to collectively as the shooting sports.
Firearms designed to be carried and used by an individual or individuals.
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.
A short cylindrical rod of hardened steel running laterally near the front of the bar of a break-open gun's
action around which the barrel hook revolves when the gun is opened. Over the decades, this pin and its
complimentary hook can wear and a gun can sometimes "shoot loose" or "come off the face." The proper cure
for this condition is to replace the hinge pin with a new one, slightly oversized, to compensate for wear
on both itself and on the barrel hook.
A shotgun with two barrels which are situated next to each other. Somtimes also abreviated as SxS.
More commonly known as WRF, it is a family of rimfire cartridges designed by Winchester Repeating Arms Company
A small metal tube extending through the breech of a percussion firearm through which the flame passes from the percussion cap to fire the powder charge.
A rifle with a relatively short barrel.
A shotgun barrel that has a bore diameter increased beyond standard specifications, but less than the SAAMI maximum.
Done in an attempt to reduce felt recoil, improve patterning, or change the balance of the shotgun.
A matrix of dots, posts or lines, visible inside a rifle's telescopic sight, normally adjustable via exterior knobs for windage and elevation.
After careful adjustment at a known range, the shooter aims the rifle by superimposing this matrix onto the target. With good estimation or range,
cooperation from the wind, a clear eye and a steady hand, he may have a reasonable expectation of hitting his target.
Usually a rifle, but not always.
A small-caliber firearm or high-powered air gun primarily used for hunting
non-native or non-game animals such as rats, squirrels, gophers, jackrabbits, marmots, groundhogs, porcupine, opossum, coyote, skunks, weasels,
and other animals considered to be nuisance vermin destructive to native or domestic plants and animals.
An attachment to or integral part of the barrel that redirects some of the pressurized gas that propelled the bullet out
the muzzle to the sides and possibly rearwards from the direction of the bullet travel. This reduces the recoil of the firearm.
Crude adjustments made to an optical firearm sight, or iron sights, to align the firearm barrel and sights.
This method is usually used to pre-align the sights, which makes zeroing (zero drop at XX distance) much faster.
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.