Terminology is important

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

A history of airguns

This report covers:

  • Happy birthday, USA!
  • Terms are important
  • What is a rifle?
  • Flintlock?
  • Target rifle?
  • One-pump rifle
  • Match trigger
  • Thumbhole stock
  • Semiautomatic
  • Dovetail scope base
  • BB gun
  • Summary

Happy birthday, USA!

Today is July 4th, the day the U.S. A. celebrates its independence. I hope readers overseas will forgive my shorter report.

Terms are important

It may be short but this subject is important. Using the correct terms for airguns and firearms ensures good communication of ideas between people, while sloppy terminology promotes mistakes. You can check me out on most of this by looking at the auction website, Gun Broker.

What is a rifle?

A rifle is a long gun that has a rifled barrel, but to many people all long guns are rifles. They either think it doesn’t mattert or they actually don’t know there is a difference between a rifle and a gun. When this gets them in trouble is when they list a “rifle” for sale that actually has no rifling. I see this a lot on Gun Broker in the muzzle loading section. People don’t discriminate between true rifles and smoothbore guns that are most appropriately called fowlers — which are precursors to shotguns. read more