Such a firearm will fire continuously as long as the trigger is held back, until the magazine is empty. A firearm thus activated, but which shoots only one bullet with each separate pull of the trigger, while often erroneously referred to as "automatic" is more properly termed Semi-Automatic.
Photo %blue - Bluing is a thin surface coloring, induced either by heat or by polishing and the repeated application of an acid solution to form a type of blue-black rust.
Bluing reduces the reflectivity of polished steel parts and helps inhibit further rust.
The percentage of original blue finish remaining is a quick indicator of the condition of a gun.
Photo Balance - The handling characteristic of a break-open gun.
Traditionally, the fulcrum of balance should be right at the hingepin.
If the balance point is ahead of the hingepin the gun would be said to be barrel-heavy with more forward inertia; slower to swing and slower to stop.
Any weapon used in an attack: 18th century boarding pikes, Civil War Springfield muskets, World War II Garands, Vietnam M-16s are all assault weapons.
Autoloading [Action] - A type of firearm which, utilizing some of the recoil or some of the expanding-gas energy from the firing cartridge, cycles the action to eject the spent shell, to chamber a fresh one from a magazine, and to cock the mainspring in preparation for firing with a manual pull of the trigger. Photo Automatic [Action] - A type of firearm which, utilizing some of the recoil or some of the expanding-gas energy from the firing cartridge, cycles the action to eject the spent shell, to chamber a fresh one from a magazine, to cock the mainspring and to fire again.