The Gun Glossary For Women is a resource to help you navigate the new and foreign language of the gun world. Here you will find clear definitions and explanations of everything for gear to training terms. Hopefully this resource will help to take some of the confusion out of the complex terminology of the gun world for you.
ACP – An abbreviation meaning: Automatic Colt Pistol. It is commonly used to designate specific calibers, particularly those which were originally designed by John Moses Browning for the Colt Firearms Company. Automatic Colt Pistol, a type of ammunition. For example: as in .45 ACP, .380 ACP, and .25 ACP
DECOCKER – On double-action semi-automatic firearms, a lever that mechanically lowers the hammer without firing the gun.
DELAYED BLOWBACK – A self-loading firearm whose breechblock and barrel are not positively locked together, but which incorporates a mechanism which initially restricts the breechblock from moving when fired, delaying its opening.
Let’s face it – a woman trying to learn about guns in the male-driven, testosterone-filled world of guns is quite the undertaking, but having to learn an entire new language might just be too much! That’s where this gun glossary of gun terms and definitions comes in. Hopefully this resource will help to take some of the confusion out of the complex terminology of the gun world for women.
RACKING THE SLIDE – pulling the slide back to its rearmost position, and then letting it go forward under its own spring tension. Racking the slide loads the chamber and prepares the gun to fire in a semi-automatic handgun.
RAIL – A feature on the underside of the frame below the barrel which allows various aftermarket accessories to be attached the firearm such as flashlights or lasers.