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TARGET, CLAY

A circular, domed frangible disc used as an aerial target for shotgun shooting games. Originally formed out of clay, modern targets are combination of pitch and limestone. Dimensions and weights are regulated by trap and skeet shooting associations. They are often called "clay pigeons."

TRAJECTORY

The path of a bullet through the air.

TRAP

A clay target throwing device, either power or hand-operated.

TRAP SHOOTING

A clay target shooting sport with a shotgun. Shooters fire at clay targets flying away from them. Shooters stand behind the trap at a distance from 16 to 27 yards.

TRIGGER, HAIR

A slang term for a trigger requiring very low force to actuate. Note: Hair triggers are frequently used on a competitive target rifles and pistols for increased accuracy. The reduced force needed to pull the trigger allows the shooter's firearm to remain steady.

TRIGGER LOCK

An accessory for blocking a firearm from unauthorized use. Most trigger lock manufacturers advise against the use of a trigger lock on a loaded firearm, as shifting the lock against the trigger could fire the gun.

TRIGGER PULL

The average force which must be applied to the trigger to cause the firearm to fire. Note: Typically, non-target mode-firearms have a minimum trigger pull of 3 pounds. Double action revolvers often have a long, heavy trigger pull of around 10 pounds.

UNLOAD

The complete removal of all unfired ammunition from a firearm.

VELOCITY

The speed of a projectile at any point along its trajectory, usually listed in "feet per second."