Basic Components of Ammunition
- cartridge is a single unit of ammunition
- cartridge = bullet, propellant, primer and case
- A Round = a loaded cartridge
Container that holds the other ammunition components. Ammunition Cases are usually made of brass, steel, or copper and have been paper or foil
Explosive chemical compound that ignites the gunpowder when struck by a firing pin. Primer may be placed either in the rim of the case (rimfire) or in the center of the base of the case (centerfire).
Chemical mixture that burns rapidly and converts to expanding gas
Object pushed from the barrel
Bullet is a projectile, usually containing lead, fired through a handgun barrel
- Centerfire ammunition
Used in rifles, shotguns, and handgun
Primer is located in the center of the case base
Most centerfire ammunition is reloadable
- Rimfire Ammunition
Primer compound contained in the rim of the ammunition case
Rimfire ammunition are low-pressure loads
Rimfire cartridges are not reloadable.
The Basics of Ammunition
- How does ammo fire?
- What is the Best Self Defense Round?
- Is old ammunition safe to shoot?
- How Should You Store your Ammo?
How does ammo fire?
- guns firing pin hits the primer
- This causes a spark
- primer to ignite the gunpowder
- Gas is converted from the burning powder
- Expanding gas creates pressure
- Pressure forces the projectile out of the case
- projectile forced down the barrel of the gun
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