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  • Slide Release (Action)

    mechanical device that, when activated, releases the slide


    long cylinder-shaped tube through
    which the projectile travels from the chamber


    cylindrical steel part containing the
    firing pin and extractor, which closes the
    breech end of the barrel for firing

    Bolt Carrier

    flat steel part that fits onto the
    action bars and on which the bolt sits

    Ejection Port

    opening on the side or bottom
    of the receiver; spent casings are ejected from it and live rounds are loaded into this port


    piece of spring steel mounted on the
    inside left of the receiver; when the action pulls a shell to the rear, it compresses and then
    releases the ___ as the bolt goes past it


    metal hook-shaped part mounted on the bolt; the hook engages the rim of the cartridge so
    that when the action is brought to the rear, the ___ removes the shell from the chamber.

    Fore-end (Slide)

    wooden or polymer grip near the magazine

    Front Sight (Bead Sight)

    bead or raised post on the front of the barrel used to bring the firearm into
    alignment for accuracy

    Loading Port

    bottom opening on the receiver that live rounds are fed into or removed from the
    magazine tube

    Magazine Cap

    located on the magazine tube's end and keeps the barrel in place

    Magazine Tube

    located under the barrel and holds rounds


    barrel's front end

    Rear Sight

    secondary aligning device located on the receiver or barrel that aligns with the front sight
    bead or post to bring the shotgun into alignment for accuracy


    holds the trigger group and bolt assembly


    mechanical device that prevents a shooter from pulling the trigger and discharging the shotgun

    Shell Carrier

    slightly rounded steel part that blocks the loading port; catches rounds released from the
    magazine and raises them into alignment with the chamber

    Shell Latches (stops)

    two pieces of steel mounted on each side of the inside of the receiver at the
    magazine's rear; they help hold the cartridges in the magazine and release them one at a time when the
    action operates. They are also used to manually unload the shotgun.


    part of the weapon attached to the receiver; a shooter places the ___ on his or her shoulder
    when firing


    rear area of the stock that the shooter mounts against the shoulder for firing; normally covered
    with a metal or plastic ___ plate or a recoil pad


    stock's top edge where the shooter's cheek rests


    "small of the stock," just behind the receiver; the shooter uses the ___ and his or her shooting
    hand for control when firing or carrying it


    top corner of the but

    Recoil Pad

    a butt plate, usually rubber, that reduces the effect of the shotgun's recoil or "kick"


    the bottom part of the butt


    when pulled, this releases the sear (a part that holds the hammer in the cocked position) and
    activates the firing pin

    Trigger Guard

    part of the frame that protects the trigger

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