The Definition of Shotgun Shell
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.
19 Other Firearms Definitions You Need To Know
A large piece of curved metal at the top of the grip on a pistol which protects the user's hand from getting "bitten" by the hammer or slide.
It is nearly always the top part of the grip safety commonly found on many 1911-style pistols.
The departure of a bullet or shot charge from the normal line of flight. This can be caused by wind or the unbalanced spinning of the bullet.
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.
Usually a telescopic firearm sight.
A smooth, sometimes contoured plate, within a magazine, at the top of a spring, across which cartridges slide when being loaded into a chamber.
Slang word abreviation for Ammunition.
The part of a flintlock action that receives the blow of the flint-tipped hammer, which then yields tiny molten fragments of steel
,sparks, which fall into the flashpan, igniting the priming charge and thence, through the touchhole, the main charge.
The rear sight is placed at the end of the barrel nearest the shooter. It may be in the shape of a square notch, a U, a V, a ring,
or simply two dots designed to be visually placed on either side of the front sight while shooting.
A trigger that doesn't have to travel very far before it reaches the break. In a 1911 semi-auto pistol, a short trigger is a different part than a long trigger,
and (in addition to providing less motion) it features a shorter reach which may be of benefit to a small-handed shooter.
The upper portion of a semi-automatic pistol that houses the barrel and contains the breechblock and portions of the firing mechanism.
Ejecting the spent case as it moves to the rear and loading a fresh cartridge into the chamber as it moves forward again.
As its name states, it slides along tracks in the top of the frame during the recoil process providing the linkage between
the breechblock and barrel.
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.
The firing mechanism of a break-open gun which may be removed for inspection or cleaning without the use of tools.
The release latch may be plainly visible or concealed. A feature typically seen on sidelock guns but also on the Westley Richards "droplock" boxlock action.
A three-barrel gun.
Typically it has two shotgun barrels side by side on the top, with a third rifle barrel underneath.
This provides a very versatile firearm capable of taking winged animals as well as big game.
It also is useful in jurisdictions where a person is only allowed to own a single firearm.
Any type of accessory that can be attached to a firearm's rail.
A semi-automatic firearm malfunction in which the slide passes entirely over the fresh round, failing to pick it up to insert into the chamber as the slide returns to battery.
The heading of a bullet, used in external ballistics that refers to how the Magnus effect causes bullets to move out of a straight line based on their spin.
a non-magnifying gun sight that allows the user to look through a glass optical window and see a cross hair
reticle image superimposed at a distance on the field of view.
The hologram of the reticle is built into the window and is illuminated by a laser diode.
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