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Air pistol

A pistol that uses compressed air or carbon dioxide to discharge lead pellets.

Air rifle

A rifle that uses compressed air or carbon dioxide to discharge lead pellets.

 
Airgun

A rifle or pistol that uses compressed air or carbon dioxide to discharge lead pellets.

Barrel

The tube of a gun.

Blinkers

Devices sometimes affixed to the sides of shooting glasses to keep the wind out of shooters' eyes and prevent distraction from motion to the side.

Bunker

A long concrete structure in front of a firing line from which machines throw clay targets in trap shooting; also known as a "trench".

 
Cartridge

The complete unit of ammunition, including the projectile, case, powder and primer.

 
Chamber

The rear portion of a gun barrel into which a cartridge is inserted for firing.

 
Choke

A narrowed part of a shotgun barrel, as in a chokebore.

 
Chokebore

A bore in a shotgun that narrows toward the muzzle to prevent shot from scattering too widely.

Clay target

A saucer-shaped target of clay.

Metallic sight

A non-magnifying device on the front or rear end of a firearm to assist aim.

Free pistol

A .22-calibre pistol relatively free of specifications.

 
Magazine

A receptacle for a number of cartridges which is inserted into a firearm and must be removed and replaced when empty.

 
Pistol

A short firearm intended to be held and fired with one hand.

 
Rifle

A shoulder firearm with spiral grooves cut in the inner surface of the gun barrel to give the bullet a rotating motion and render its flight more accurate.

Shotgun

A smooth-bore firearm for firing round shot.

 
Stock

The wooden, metal, plastic or fibreglass portion of a rifle or shotgun to which the barrel, action, trigger, etc. are attached.

 
Trap

A device for suddenly releasing or tossing clay targets into the air in trapshooting.

 
Trench

A long concrete structure in front of a firing line from which machines throw clay targets in trap shooting; also known as a "bunker".

Trigger

A small projecting piece which, when pulled with the finger, operates the mechanism and discharges a firearm or air gun.