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Glossary Gun Terms Beginning R

RECEIVER
The housing for a firearm's breech (portion of the barrel with chamber into which a cartridge or projectile is loaded) and firing mechanism.

REVOLVER
A gun, usually a handgun, with a multi-chambered cylinder that rotates to successively align each chamber with a single barrel and firing pin.

RIFLE
A shoulder gun with rifled bore.

RIFLING
Spiraling, lands and grooves that engrave the bullet and give it spin as it travels through a gun`s bore. Rifling is present in all true rifles, in most handguns and in some shotgun barrels designed for increasing the accuracy potential of slugs.

RIMFIRE
A rimmed or flanged cartridge with the priming mixture located inside the rim of the case. The most famous example is the .22 rimfire. It has been estimated that between 3-4 billion .22 cartridges are loaded in the U.S. each year.

ROUND
Synonym for a cartridge.

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