AURRPC | Adelaide University Regiment Rifle & Pistol Club
Talk the talk
We have put togehter a glossary that should explain some of the terms used in the sport.
CALIBRE - a term originally related to the ratio of length to diameter of ammunition. In modern use, it refers only to the diameter of the ammunition. These measurements can be metric e.g. 9mm or imperial e.g. .44". See also chambering.
CHAMBER - the part of a firearm that recieves the cartridge when loaded chambering related to the calibre, it specifies the exact nature of the calibre in use e.g. 9mm Parabellum, .44 Magnum.
DOUBLE ACTION - a firing mechanism where the hammer is cocked when the trigger is pulled. See also single action.
SIDE-BY-SIDE - a configuration of a double barrel shotgun where the barrels are 'side-by-side' horizontally. See also under-and-over.
SINGLE ACTION - a firing mechanism where the hammer must be cocked manually and fires when the trigger is pulled. See also double action.
UNDER-AND-OVER - a configuration of a double barrel shotgun where the barrels are stacked vertically. See also side-by-side.