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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. T

    Recommendations for lite weight hunting rifle for deer sized game...

    Like to find something less than 6 pounds. Any ideas?
  2. Tony617

    Other State  Robber with Rifle Jumped Florida Pharmacy Counter and Demanded Drugs

    Robber with rifle jumped FL pharmacy counter, demanded drugs, police say
  3. Kimber Custom

    Mid-Range Rifle Clinic Thur/Fri May 16-17 @ DRRC

    Project Appleseed will be doing a Known Distance Clinic in Eagle Creek, OR May 16 & 17. $95 (plus $10 range fee for non-members) will get you 2 full days of rifle instruction. Our focus will be in the 100-400 yard range but we will be going back to 600 for data. You need a center fire rifle (AR...
  4. ilikegunspdx

    4 gauge elephant rifle shoots 1/4 pound bullet

    Saw this on amazon video. Holland and Holland 4 gauge/bore. Now that's a big boy. He shoots it at approx. the 20 min mark FYI. It does apparently have a little bit of recoil though... Later on in video...
  5. Whisky Tahoe

    Determining Rifle Barrel twist

    A question on twist rate came up in another thread, so we have done the right thing and moved that topic to it's own thread. The number of inches of travel to make 1 complete revolution is called the twist rate. There are several published charts on twist rates for various rifles, some of them...
  6. vblunt

    Vintage leather rifle scabbard

    Beautiful Vintage The Schoellkopf Co. Leather Rifle Scabbard JUMBO Brand - 26 245 DA. 36" in length and @9"at opening. Asking $145.00. Buyer pays actual shipping.
  7. D

    WTB OR  Sako L461 or "A" rifle, action. Short action.

    Looking for the .223 action for a rifle rebuild. The stock and barrel doesn't matter. Anything you might want for this rifle and or action. email
  8. P

    National  Post Office removes rifle from stamp.

    The U.S. Postal Service Took Away the Doughboy's Rifle - Firearms News Short version is the rifle was removed from the original design and replaced with a flag...
  9. fredridge

    Voodoo Tactical 42" Double rifle case

    I don't think I ever used this and has been collecting dust in my closet. These are super nice and can carry multiple rifles, handguns and gear and act as a backpack pretty sure it's this one Enhanced Voodoo Tactical 42" MOLLE Soft Rifle Case, Padded Weapon Bag price $100 obo - no trades
  10. fredridge

    Walther G22 bull pup rifle

    I love this thing, but opportunity to buy a house means I need to sell it. A little hard to find and a little finicky, but fun. If you know these you know that. Still has that little spring that always gets lost. bought the cheap red dot, not sure I have even sighted it in. comes with...
  11. S

    WTB WA  A $200 rifle

    Okay sounds kind of funny but me and some buddies have a contest going we're going to have 4 position shooting at 50, 100, and 200 yards maybe eventually Reach Out further than that but at this time that's what the range allows us but there is a $200 cap on the rifle scope package. So I either...
  12. The Heretic

    5.7x28 chamber adapter for 5.56x45 rifle?

    I did some googling, I did some searching on the the FN Five Seven forums - I didn't find anything offered. Glancing at the dimensions of the two cartridges, it seems it would be possible, but I am not sure. I am thinking an adapter for a single shot rifle chambered in .223, thinking this...