gsagi2015_fs-1.jpg (5)

Top Media-Abused Gun Terms

Most reporters will never understand a bullet is not a cartridge. Nor will the fact that a semi-automatic firearm requires a trigger press for each shot convince them to stop calling nearly every gun “automatic.” Here are a few I find annoying.

10 Gun Terms We Need in the Dictionary

The crack team of linguists at Oxford University rolled out dozens of accepted new “words” in its official online dictionary last week, including gems like manspreading and wine o’clock. Despite the fact gun terminology is far more precise and widely accepted, there are no firearm-related terms in the list.

Terminology: Wadcutter

A wadcutter is a style of bullet that is almost completely cylindrical in shape. While there have been a few jacketed wadcutters, the majority are lead.

Lock Then Load

There is a clear demonstration of what the student was asked to do as part of the Rapid Fire exercise in the 1942 U.S. War Dept. Training Film (T.F. 7 1094) “Rifle Marksmanship with the M1 Rifle –Preparatory Training.”

Gun Terminology: Prawl

The word "prawl" means a bump, knob or projecting corner on the frame of a revolver. As best as I can determine, the term prawl originated during the 19th century. This is when repeating handguns first became common.

Interests



Get the best of American Rifleman delivered to your inbox.