Cartridge (firearms)

Cartridge (firearms), Ammunition consisting of a casing, projectile, propellant and primer.

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A cartridge or a round is a type of pre-assembled firearm ammunition packaging a projectile (bullet, shot or slug), a propellant substance (usually either smokeless powder or black powder) and an ignition device (primer) within a metallic, paper, or plastic case that is precisely made to fit within the barrel chamber of a breechloading gun, for the practical purpose of convenient transportation and handling during shooting. Although in popular usage the term "bullet" is often informally used to refer to a complete cartridge, it is correctly used only to refer to the projectile. Cartridges can be categorized by the type of their primers - a small charge of an impact- or electric-sensitive chemical mixture that is located: at the center of the case head (centerfire); inside the rim (rimfire); inside the walls on the fold of the case base that is shaped like a cup (cupfire, now obsolete); in a sideways projection that is shaped like a pin (pinfire, now obsolete); or a lip (lipfire, now obsolete); or in a small nipple-like bulge at the case base (teat-fire, now obsolete). Only the centerfire and rimfire survived mainstream usage today. Military and commercial producers continue to pursue the goal of caseless ammunition.

Antique firearms
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Antique firearms ... monetary value. Antique firearms can be divided into two basic types: muzzle-loading and cartridge firing. Muzzleloading antique firearms are not generally...

Rimfire ammunition
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Rimfire ammunition ... Rimfire ammunition is a type of firearm metallic cartridge whose primer is located within a hollow circumferential rim protruding from the base of its...

Rim (firearms)
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Rim (firearms) ... around the bottom of a firearms cartridge. Thus, rimmed cartridges are sometimes called "flanged" cartridges. Almost all cartridges feature an extractor...

Unsafe firearm and cartridge combinations
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Unsafe firearm and cartridge combinations ... Unsafe firearm and cartridge combinations are combinations of firearms and cartridges which can cause an unsafe condition for the shooter when firing....

FN 5.7×28mm
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FN 5.7×28mm ... In addition to being used in the FN P90 and FN Five-seven firearms, the 5.7×28mm cartridge has subsequently been used in a number of other weapons, such...

Firearm
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Firearm ... Older firearms typically used black powder as a propellant, but modern firearms use smokeless powder or other propellants. Most modern firearms (with...

History of the firearm
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History of the firearm ... the firearm is the fire lance. The prototype of the fire lance was invented in China during the 10th century and is the predecessor of all firearms. In...

Chamber (firearms)
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Chamber (firearms) ... In firearms, the chamber is the cavity at the back end of a breechloader's barrel or cylinder, where the cartridge is inserted before being fired. The...

Action (firearms)
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Action (firearms) ... cartridges, or the method by which that mechanism works. Actions are technically not present on muzzleloaders, as all those are single-shot firearms with...

Headspace (firearms)
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Headspace (firearms) ... insertion depth of a cartridge placed in it. Used as a verb by firearms designers, headspacing refers to the act of stopping deeper cartridge insertion. The...

Blowback (firearms)
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Primer (firearms)
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Wildcat cartridge
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Blank (cartridge)
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7.62×25mm Tokarev
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List of Magnum cartridges
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Cartridge
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List of rimfire cartridges
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.50 BMG
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