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Being a responsible gun owner means knowing the language. It’s vital that you know gun terminology and common phrases used to describe firearms and the laws that apply to them.
Concealed CarryOpen CarryMethods of Carry
Castle DoctrineDuty to RetreatStand Your Ground
Shall IssueMay IssueConstitutional Carry/Unrestricted/Permitless CarryNon-Issuing
Any Other Weapon (AOW)BrandishingBump Fire/Bump StockClass III LicenseCockCrimp JumpDuty to InformFederal Firearms License (FFL)Form 4473Gun Show LoopholeHigh-Capacity MagazineLaws, Rules and RegulationsMilitary Surplus (MilSurp)National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS)Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM)PreemptionReciprocityRed Flag LawRight to CarrySecond Amendment (2A)SlamfireStraw PurchaseTaserTrigger DisciplineZamak
1911 PistolAR-15AR PistolAutoloading Firearms Operating Systems
Curio and Relic (C&R)Double-Action (DA)/Single-Action (SA)Hammer Fired/Striker FiredHandgunJ-Frame/K-Frame/L-Frame RevolversPistolPistol-Grip FirearmRevolverSemi-Automatic/Fully Automatic/Single ShotShort-Barreled Rifle (SBR)Snub-Nosed RevolverTitle I/Title II Firearms
Holsters/Types of Holsters/Kydex
KydexPistol BraceQuick-Loading Ammunition Devices
Snap CapsSuppressor/Suppressor-Height SightsTrigger Shoe
Barrel/Barrel CrownBinary TriggerBoreBump StockChamberClipCylinderDust CoverEn Bloc ClipEjection PortEjectorExtractorFlash SuppressorFrameGripGrip SafetyHammerMagazines/Types of Magazines
Magazine CatchMagazine (Mag) WellManual SafetyMuzzleRevolver Loading Mechanisms
SearSingle-Stage/Two-Stage TriggerSlideSlide CatchStrikerTriggerTrigger GuardVentilated (Vent) Rib
Armor-Piercing Ammunition+P and +P+BallBerdan-Primed/Boxer-Primed AmmunitionBimetal AmmunitionBonded-Jacket Hollow-Point (BJHP)BulletCaliberCartridgeCaseChargeCorrosive/Non-Corrosive Ammunition Enclosed Base (EB)Full Metal Jacket (FMJ)Foot Pounds Energy (FPE)Feet Per Second (FPS)Frangible BulletsGaugeGrainGreen-Tip AmmunitionHardened LeadHollow-Point Jacketed Hollow-Point (JHP)Low Flash Low Recoil/Managed RecoilLong Rifle (LR) Lead Round Nose (LRN)RoundSemi-Jacketed Hollow-Point (SJHP)Semi-Jacketed Soft-Point (SJSP)Special (SPL)Semi-Wadcutter (SWC)Semi-Wadcutter Hollow-Point (SWHP)Truncated Cone (TC)Total Metal Jacket (TMJ)Wadcutter (WC) Winchester Magnum Rimfire (WMR)
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