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A rifle is a portable, long-barrelled firearm designed for precision-oriented shooting, to be held with both hands and braced against the shoulder for stability during firing, and with a barrel that has a helical pattern of grooves ("rifling") cut into the bore wall. The term was originally rifled gun, with the word "rifle" referring to the machining process of creating groovings with cutting tools, and is now used for any long handheld device designed for well-aimed discharge activated by a trigger, such as the personnel halting and stimulation response rifle. Rifles are used extensively in warfare, law enforcement, hunting and shooting sports.
Like all typical firearms, a rifle's projectile (bullet) is propelled by the contained deflagration of a combustible propellant 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"). The raised areas of a rifle's rifling are called "lands", which make contact with and exert torque on the projectile, imparting a spin around the longitudinal axis of the barrel. When the projectile leaves the barrel, this spin lends gyroscopic stability to the projectile and prevents tumbling in flight, in the same way that a spirally thrown American football or rugby ball behaves. This allows the use of aerodynamically-efficient bullets (as opposed to the spherical balls used in muskets) and thus improves range and accuracy.

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  1. CountryGent

    Remington's Last Rolling Block: the No.7 Target Rifle

    Nice looking target rifle.
  2. tac

    An American target rifle by Wilder.....................

    feast your eyes on THIS beauty, courtesy of Mr capandball over there in Hungary..............
  3. ron

    Scope Suggestions For 22 Target Rifle

    Please help. Looking for a not too exspensive scope for bench rest 22 LR. I just ordered a CZ 517 heavy barrel rifle. I'm thinking around a variable 6 to 24 power?? What is working for you guys?:rolleyes: Thanks for the input.
  4. tac

    New post from Hungary - mid-19th C American target rifle

    and how to shoot it...................... The man is a national treasure, for sure!
  5. bsa1917hunter

    Savage mkI FVT target rifle

    Ok, so it was suggested to me to buy one of these, had I ever ran across one. This was, of course, before I bought my 1949 winchester model 52B. As my luck would have it, I did run across one of these cute little savage rifles. I found it a few weeks ago when I was in Winnemucca, visiting my...
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