Photo Ampersand "&" - A mark used by Colt to indicate a revolver having been returned to the factory for repair or refinishing.Photo and then letting it cool as slowly as possible in order to relax inner stresses and to make it as soft as possible for ease of machining, filing, engraving, etc.Photo Alex Henry Forend - A forend with a circumferential groove at the tip, typical of this fine Scottish maker, (for tying a rifle into a vehicle-mounted rack? Adopted by the traditionalist Bill Ruger for his single shot Model No. Photo Alkanet Root - Alkanna tinctoria or Anchusa officinalis, related plants of the Boraginaceae family, whose root, when steeped in a solution of turpentine and/or linseed oil makes a reddish stain favored by the London gun trade to impart an underlying reddish hue to fine gun stocks. Photo Ambidextrous Safety - A safety catch that can be operated by either hand.Of benefit to left-handed shooters and in the event of an injury to the right hand.Photo Anson & Deeley Action - A type of boxlock action design for a break-open gun, patented in 1875, the essence of simplicity utilizing only two springs and three moving parts (per barrel).
In the Berdan system, the anvil is built into the cartridge case's primer pocket.
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Annulus - A tiny circular recess at the base of a cartridge case surrounding the primer pocket.
Recoil from fired cartridges invariably impress a discernable ring on the breech or bolt face of a firearm, providing some evidence of the amount of use it has seen.