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Guns such as pistols or rifles that use explosives to shoot bullets. These are usually small arms as compared to big weapon systems such as artillery cannons or missiles.

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trigger guard

Military; Firearms

The loop shaped construction that encircles the trigger. Usually extending from the receiver and connecting again to the firearm at the grip. The purpose of the trigger guard is to protect the ...


Military; Firearms

The cylinder in which ammunition is fired from. The cylinder in most firearms is directly connected to the barrel and holds the cartridge in place as its primer is struck by a hammer or firing pin. ...

take-down pin

Military; Firearms

In the field of rifles, take-down levers and tabs are rare and most rely on proprietry disasembly methods. One of the most popular methods for adding a quick disassembly function to a rifle is by ...


Military; Firearms

A lever which connects the index (in most cases) with the trigger shear, usually shaped in a wide-radius convex curve in an otherwise flat piece of material. Older triggers have a tendency to be ...

trigger housing

Military; Firearms

The area milled, pressed, moulded or otherwise created in the receiver to hold the trigger assembly.

take-down lever

Military; Firearms

When dealing with small arms that use a lever in the operation of field-stripping, the term 'take-down lever' is used. It describes the wing of metal attached to a pin which retains the slide, bolt ...

take-down tab

Military; Firearms

Like the take-down lever, the take down tab is a device that allows the field stripping of a firearm. Almost exclusively found on hand guns, the take-down tab usually operates in a linear motion, ...

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