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
Simple clips made of metal or sometimes plastic that hold several rounds of ammunition in a row and is used to quickly fill a magazine.
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.
The point of a projectile.
A type of aperture rear sight with a large opening and a thin rim that seems to fade out when the shooter looks through it.
Sometimes installed on rifles and shotguns intended for home defense or police use.
The cartridge for a shotgun. It is also called a "shell," and its body is usually made of plastic (metal shotgun shells are very rare, paper shotgun shells are extinct)
with a metal head.
Small shotshells are also made for rifles and handguns and are often used for vermin control.
A metal plate on which the firing mechanism is mounted on percussion and earlier firearms.
A flat piece of rubber which holds revolver cartridges preparatory to loading them into the revolver's cylinder. Similar to a moon clip
A chemical phosphate process developed during the second world war to provide an economical, durable and non-reflective surface finish to military firearms.
The superheated air created by burning powder. A gas-operated firearm is one that uses the energy from these superheated gases to work the action in semi-automatic and automatic guns.
A long strip of leather, plastic, or nylon which is fastened at the fore and rear of the gun for the easy carry of long guns.
The size of the pellets in a shotgun shell.
A type of backstop that catches the fired bullet and prevents it from exiting the area. Bullet traps are most commonly used on indoor ranges.
A condition (status) of a shooting range that shooters may commence to fire.
The rear end of the barrel into which the cartridge is inserted
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 safety which is placed within the gun and is not accessible to the user. Internal safeties are generally designed to prevent unintentional discharges when the gun is dropped or mishandled.
Checkering, applied to the otherwise-unfinished butt end of a gunstock.
The back part of a rifle or shotgun, excluding the receiver.