The Definition of Saturday Night Special
Saturday Night Special
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.
19 Other Firearms Definitions You Need To Know
The forward portion of a bottlenecked cartridge case. Also the portion of a rifle chamber in which the neck of the cartridge case rests.
There are a lot of different competitions and other games which involve firearms. These are all referred to collectively as the shooting sports.
Also spelled blueing.
A passivation process in which steel is partially protected against rust, and is named after the blue-black appearance of the resulting protective finish.
True gun bluing is an electrochemical conversion coating resulting from an oxidizing chemical reaction with iron on the surface selectively forming magnetite
(Fe3O4), the black oxide of iron, which occupies the same volume as metallic iron. Bluing is most commonly used by gun manufacturers, gunsmiths and gun
owners to improve the cosmetic appearance of, and provide a measure of corrosion resistance to, their firearms.
A safety lever or button found on the outer surfaces of the firearm and is accessible to the user. Enabling the external safety should prevent accidental pulling of the trigger. However, the best safety is always you.
A unit of adjustment for a sight.
Two shots fired in rapid succession. It is different from a double tap because in a controlled pair,
the second shot will be fired after the shooter has obtained a second sight picture,
whereas in a double tap both shots are fired based upon the initial sight picture alone.
Abbreviation for Caliber.
The area inside the bore nearest to the muzzle.
A game of competitive clay pigeon shooting on a formally designed layout. In plan view, one launching machine is located 16 yards in front of a straight line,
firing rising targets perpendicular to and away from that line. Five competitors shoot five individual targets at each of five stations along that line.
Although each target is presented at slightly randomized vectors, trap emphasizes generally a single type of shot, outgoing and rising,
and targets are broken at generally longer ranges than Skeet.
A gun with more than one barrel, the most common being the double-barreled shotgun.
"V" shaped rear leaf sights mounted to a rifle barrel on a block or on a quarter-rib, sometimes solid standing, sometimes folding,
and often mounted in a row of similar leaves, each of a slightly different height, marked with the range for which each is regulated
A heat-treating process that incorporates carbon into the surface molecular
structure of the steel, providing a hard-wearing surface without making the entire
receiver brittle. The parts to be casehardened are packed in a crucible with
carbon-rich media such as bone meal and charcoal, heated to bright orange, about
1800°F, then quenched in bubbling oil. Also
The setting on the sights used to accommodate the wind or adjust for horizontal (side-to-side) errors in the alignment of the sights with the bore of the firearm.
To hit someone with the grip of a pistol.
A long, slender, dowel-like tool used to force powder and shot down the bore of a muzzle-loading firearm.
For hand-fired guns, normally retained in some kind of receptacle attached to the gun's barrel. Carried separately for muzzle-loading cannon.
A line, either imaginary or marked, from which people shoot their firearms down range.
The thumb-piece on the top rear of the hammer that enables it to be manually drawn back to full cock.
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.