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A-Z of Airsoft

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134a - A type of Airsoft gas.

ACP - Automatic Colt Pistol

AE - Action Express

AEG - Automatic Electric Gun

AR - Automatic Rifle

Barrel - The tube that the projectile travels through

BB - Ball Bearing

BDU - Battle Dress Uniform

Blacks - Type of BDU

Bolt - The handle that cocks/charges/reloads the gun

Bolt Action - A type of firing action, single shot

Breech - The immediate housing for a bullet /BB at the point of firing/The initial point of entry when storming a room

Bump - Ambush

Butt - The end of the stock on a gun

Calibre - Used to measure the diameter of a projectile

Carbine - A shortened version of a standard rifle

Chronograph - A device which measures projectile speed

Clip - Commonly used as another word for magazine, although technically not true

CQB - Close Quaters Battle

Covert - Action not performed openly

DPM - Disruptive Pattern Material

EBB - Electric Blow Back

Ejection Port - A port that opens to allow used casings to be ejected

Field Strippable - Able to take-down or take apart a gun without tools

Fire Selector Switch - A switch that allows the shooter to change between modes of fire

FPS - Feet Per Second

GBB - Gas Blow Back

Ghillie - Camoflage worn by snipers

HMG - Heavy Machine Gun

Hop Up - A device installed in most airsoft guns to increase range

Joule - A measure of energy

LAW - Light Anti-tank Weapon

LSW - Light Support Weapon

Mag - Magazine

Muzzle - The very front of the gun, the tip of the barrel

NV - Night Vision

Overt - Action performed openly

PDW - Personal Defence Weapon

R22 - A type of airsoft gas

RAS - A type of accessory interface

Recoil - A guns reaction to a bullet being fired

RIS - Rail Interface System

ROF - Rate Of Fire

Round - Another name for a projectile

SF - Sustained Fire

Skirmishing - To use airsoft replicas in a mock battle

Slide - The primary moving section of any automatic gun

SLR - Self Loading Rifle

SMG - Sub Machine Gun

SPAS - Special Purpose Automatic Shotgun

Stock - The rear of the gun

TMP - Tactical Machine Pistol

Tracer - A type of projectile that glows in the dark

Trigger - The part of the gun that is manipulated in order to fire a shot

Trigger guard - A solid bar/obstruction that covers and protects the trigger

Zero - To align the trajectory of shots fired with the visual line of the sights

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