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A receptacle on a firearm that holds several cartridges or shells for feeding into the chamber. Magazines take many forms, such as box, drum, rotary, or tubular and may be fixed or removable. Note: The 1994 crime bill banned the manufacture and importation of magazines with a capacity greater than 10 rounds.
A failure of the cartridge to fire after the primer has been struck by the firing pin.
The front end of a firearm barrel from which the bullet or shot emerges.
The illumination (flash) resulting from the expanding gases from the burning propellant particles emerging from the barrel behind the projectile and uniting with oxygen in the air.
Any firearm loaded through the muzzle. Also called "black powder" firearms. They may be antique, replica, or of modern design.
The point or tip of a bullet.
A firearm with two barrels, one above the other.