There are so many words that people in the gun industry use that is it hard to keep up! I have compiled a gun glossary of everything I could think of, technical, slang, controversial, it is all here. I wanted a quick easy, but most importantly, reliable source for you to have, to find the words you come across while researching and learning about gun ownership. Don't forget to get to bookmark this page for quick access.
by Garry James • March 7, 2012 • I'm constantly getting questions about what various gun terms mean. Even those individuals who have been in the sport for a good period of time occasionally slip up and out of ignorance or, sometimes expediency, slip in a wrong description or definition.…
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.
ACP - Automatic Colt Pistol
AD - Accidental Discharge
AFA - Armed Females of America
AWARE - Arming Women Against Rape and Endangerment
BG - Bad Guy