Back to Basics: Rifle Barrels

Barrel construction and profile are purpose built and have a major influence on how well the rifle performs what is asked of it.

Back to Basics: Rifling

The purpose of rifling is to impart a spin to a projectile as it is thrust through the air in order to stabilize it and allow it to be more accurate.

Terminology: Lands and Grooves

Take a close look at your handgun barrel the next time you are cleaning it. Since we never clean loaded gun, it will have been carefully unloaded and the ammunition put away. As you check the bore to be sure you have done a proper job of removing the debris, take note of its spiral grooves. They weren’t always there.


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