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rifle

Firearm Type
A rifle is a firearm designed to be fired from the shoulder, with a barrel that has a helical groove or pattern of grooves ("rifling") cut into the barrel walls. The raised areas of the rifling are called "lands," which make contact with the projectile (for small arms usage, called a bullet), imparting spin around an axis corresponding to the orientation of the weapon. When the projectile leaves the barrel, this spin lends gyroscopic stability to the projectile and prevents tumbling, in the same way that a properly thrown American football or rugby ball behaves. This allows the use of aerodynamically-efficient pointed bullets (as opposed to the spherical balls used in muskets) and thus improves range and accuracy. The word "rifle" originally referred to the grooving, and a rifle was called a "rifled gun." Rifles are used in warfare, hunting and shooting sports.
Typically, a bullet is propelled by the contained deflagration of an explosive compound (originally black powder, later cordite, and now nitrocellulose), although other means such as compressed air are used in air rifles, which are popular for vermin control, hunting small game, formal target shooting and casual shooting ("plinking").

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  1. J

    1823 Springfield Rifle Caplock conversion from Flintlock

    up for sale is a wonderful piece of early american history and civil war history. It is an 1823 Springfield flintlock, that was converted into a caplock for use in the civil war. I was told, when I bought it, that it was a "dropped" recovery. Now this gun is sturdy, but does have its...
  2. UnionMillsNW

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  3. ATCclears

    Other State  Colorado: Female Business Owner Who Confronted Beto On Guns Launches GOP Bid For Congress

    Lauren Boebert, who burst on to the national stage earlier this year when she confronted Democratic presidential candidate Robert Francis O’Rourke in Colorado over his extremist anti-gun proposals, announced today that she is running for U.S. Congress as Republican in Colorado’s 3rd...
  4. E

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  5. Hedrin

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  6. TittsMgeee

    Chinese Norinco SKS

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  7. R

    Palmetto State AR-15

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  8. Achevillot

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  9. Hueco

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  10. Tht_guy_josh

    Aero precision build kit

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  11. S

    SWFA Optic 1-4 x 24

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  12. M

    Custom AR Pistol 5.56 SUPER LIGHTWEIGHT - Asking $650 (Also selling 10 mags extra $100)

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  13. Emerson06

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