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different rifle classification lists

Discussion in 'General chit chat' started by simon180399, Jun 29, 2012.

  1. simon180399

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    hi all,
    my knowledge of rifles is not so great and i keep reading about rimfire, 22LR, 17HMR, 308 etc now i realise these are all FAC rifles but is there a list that charts them as to what is what, as its going over my head when i read comments about them.

    are they classed as 'air rifles' or are they shotguns etc, also what would be the advantages over a FAC rated air rifle such as a daystate, falcon etc.

    sorry to ask but im not sure what the difference is and i know that a lot of you guys have them.

    cheers simon
     
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    The guns listed above are calibres.
    Same as we refer to .177 and .22.

    There are hundreds of different calibres some used some extinct!

    some are in mm are in inches.

    Ie you have a 9mm round and you also have a .22 (inch) which is 5.5mm.

    As for the letters after they mean different things.

    .22LR = .22 "LONG RIFLE" .17HMR = .17 "HORNADY MAGNUM RIMFIRE", both of these are rim fires (powder burners).

    Then you have center fire rifles which are also powder burners.
     
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    thanks titch, that helps a bit, as far as 'powder burners' go am i correct in assuming these are bullets then and not cartridges?
     
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    powder burners are guns that burn powder to fire the round, so all rifles that use live ammo
     
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    Yup. As lewis said :)
     
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    Air rifles sub 12ft/lbs - No licence needed.
    OVER 12 ft/lbs Called S1 (section1) and classed as Firearms need a Firearms Certificate.
    Shotguns need a Certificate, smooth bored Calibres are 4 bore, 8 bore, 20 gauge, 28 gauge, 410, 12 bore etc........
    Firearms, 2 main types - Rim fire, Centre Fire.
    Rim fire - firiing pin strikes edge or rim of cartridge, igniting gun powder, propelling bullet.
    Centre Fire - Firing pin strikes centre of cartridge where there is a percussion cap, igniting gun powder, propelling bullet.
    Clever people like Kyska etc.. can reload Centre fire ie. after they are fired put a new percussion cap in the centre, fill them with a set amount of powder and push a new bullet in the end creating a live round.
    Rim fires cannot be reloaded.
    There ya go!:up::up::up:
     
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