The Definition of Practical Shooting
A shooting sport that simulates the use of a small arm in its intended role either as a tool for hunting or personal defense.
True practical shooting limits the small arms, ammunition, and accessories used to those items that would actually be used in the role simulated.
19 Other Firearms Definitions You Need To Know
The action of moving live cartridges from the magazine of a firearm into the chamber.
A firearm, usually (but not always) a fully automatic rifle, that uses a ammunition on a belt rather than a magazine to store the rounds that will be loaded into the gun.
The handle on a pistol. Can also refer to a vertical grip behind the trigger on a rifle.
The amount of rearward force exerted by the propellant gases on the bolt or breech of a firearm action or breech when a projectile is fired.
The applied force has both magnitude and direction, making it a vector quantity.
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.
Any type of accessory that can be attached to a firearm's rail.
A common type of iron sights in which the rear sight is an open-topped U or a V or a square-notch shape and with a
blade type front sight, in contrast to the closed circle commonly found in aperture sights.
Two independent rifles, built on one frame, designed to allow two virtually instantaneously quick, totally reliable shots.
The barrels may be arranged either side-by-side or over-and-under. The apogee of the gunmaker's art.
Particularly useful against dangerous game, which may be moving, and in your direction, with vengeance on its mind.
Smith & Wesson term for a revolver grip design introduced in the 1930s where the top of the grip extends higher than it had in earlier configurations, to provide a more comfortable hold.
A shooting sport where cometitors use three different guns on each stage of the competion; shotgun, rifle and handgun.
The counter bore in the center of the base of a centerfire cartridge casing in which the primer assembly is seated.
A type of ammunition that utilizes a projectile or projectiles that contain a compound in its base that burns during its flight to provide a visual reference of the projectile's trajectory.
An imaginary line which runs right down the center of the handgun's barrel and out though the back end of the gun.
A handgun may have a high bore axis, with the imaginary line running out into space well above the shooter's hand.
Or it may have a low bore axis, with the imaginary line running either straight through the shooter's hand or
just skimming the surface slightly above her hand. A high bore axis tends to create greater perceived recoil
and more muzzle flip when firing the gun than does a low bore axis.
An underpowered powder charge, usually caused by a fault in cartridge loading, often insufficient to expel a projectile from the muzzle of a firearm.
If such a blockage is not cleared, the next attempted shot could cause the barrel at least to bulge, and very possibly to burst.
A barrel without rifling. Smooth bore barrels are commonly used in shotguns and in large bore artillery that fire fin stabilized projectiles.
Rifling that is formed by pulling a die made with reverse image of the rifling (the 'button') down the pre-drilled bore of a firearm barrel.
For self-defensive shooters, Center Of Mass (COM) represents the area of an attackers torso within which the most vital organs are likely to be disrupted by a gunshot.
Shooting to COM is considered the most expedient way to stop an assailant from continuing threatening behavior.
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