GLOSSARY / DICTIONARY
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TERM DEFINITION
  
Hammer
A mechanical part that pivots on an axis and can be released by the trigger to go quickly forward to strike the firing pin.
Hammerless
A firearm with its hammer enclosed inside the action body; i.e. no visible hammer.
Handgun
A handgun is a firearm designed to be held and operated by one hand, with the other hand optionally supporting the shooting hand. This characteristic differentiates handguns as a general class of firearms from their larger counterparts: long guns such as rifles and shotguns (which are held in both hands and usually braced against the shoulder). Some handgun subtypes include derringers, single-shot pistols, revolvers, semi-automatic pistols, pepperboxes, and machine pistols.
Hollow Point (HP)
A type of expanding projectile that has a pit or hollowed out shape in its tip often intended to cause the projectile to expand upon impact with target.