The Definition of Revolver
A repeating firearm in which the ammunition is held in a multi-chambered cylinder, which is rotated to bring each chamber in line with
the barrel. Most revolvers are handguns, although shoulder-fired arms have been made using this sort of mechanism.
19 Other Firearms Definitions You Need To Know
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A sliding bar, running longitudinally through the watertable of a break-open side-by-side gun's action, with openings through which the
lumps of the barrels pass when the gun is closed. Under spring tension, this bar moves forward when the opening control is released and its
two locking surfaces engage complementary slots (bites) in the rear of the two barrel lumps. Originally operated by a hinged tab in front
of the trigger guard. Now invariably operated by a cam from Scott's [toplever] spindle. Most modern side-by-side guns lock closed in this manner.
A gun with more than one barrel, the most common being the double-barreled shotgun.
Slang for a full metal jacket bullet with a round nose.
The term is most commonly used in referring to .45 ACP caliber ammunition, but may be used for other calibers as well.
Is when the outline of the concealed handgun may be discerned through the outer clothing.
The distance from the front trigger of a shotgun to the centre of the butt.
A shotgun, often with only a single relatively-long barrel, with relatively tight choke boring and a relatively high-combed stock used for shooting clay pigeons in the game of Trap,
where the birds are launched at least 16 yards ahead, usually rising and going away from the shooter at relatively low angular velocity.
To better absorb recoil, a trap gun is normally heavier than a field gun because one shoots a lot but walks only a little.
The chemical propellant which is burned to produce the hot gases which send the projectile flying downrange.
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.
An early form of complete, self-contained cartridge. It included bullet, powder and ignition primer, all in one package.
The primer was located towards the base of the cartridge, but completely internally. The pin, shaped like a little finishing nail,
pointed on the inside end and resting on the internal primer, projected radially about a quarter-inch to the outside of the base of
the cartridge. When loaded, a pinfire gun showed the tips of the pins exposed through small slots in the tops of the breech faces of the barrels.
To fire, hammers fell on the pins, driving them (through the wall of the cartridge) into the internal primer.
The point at which the trigger allows the hammer to fall, or releases the striker, so that the shot fires. The ideal trigger break is sudden and definite.
"Like a glass rod" is the cliche term shooters use to describe the ideal crisp, clean break.
Any type of accessory that can be attached to a firearm's rail.
A concave, semi-cylindrical surface cut into the forward lump of a barrel set of a break-open firearm which revolves about the hinge-pin when the gun is opened.
The wearing of the portion of the barrel where the gas pressure and heat is highest as the projectile leaves the chamber.
The greater the chamber pressure the more rapid throat erosion occurs which is compounded by rapid firing which heats and weakens the steel.
Also called black powder, gunpowder is a mixture of sulfur, charcoal, and potassium nitrate. It burns rapidly,
producing a volume of hot gas made up of carbon dioxide, water, and nitrogen, and a solid residue of potassium sulfide.
Because of its burning properties and the amount of heat and gas volume that it generates, gunpowder has been widely used as a propellant
in firearms and as a pyrotechnic composition in fireworks. The term gunpowder also refers broadly to any propellant powder.
Modern firearms do not use the traditional gunpowder (black powder) described here, but instead use smokeless powder.