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Rifleman Q&A: What Does 'MOA' Mean?

American Rifleman subscriber writes to Dope Bag questioning whether or not there is terminology crossover from aviation to the shooting sports.

Rifleman Q & A: Is .410 A Gauge?

A reader wants to settle a debate among friends regarding the .410 bore.

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: Lanyard Ring (Or Loop)

This is an old term that describes the means by which a handgunner can tie his handgun to his person.

Terminology: Hand

In a revolver, the hand is the long bar that reaches up through a slot in the standing breech. The upper tip of the hand engages a lug on the rear of the cylinder (usually part of the extractor) and turns the cylinder.

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.

Terminology: Muzzle Crown

It seems obvious that the muzzle end of a handgun barrel should be cut square with the bore.

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.”

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