A cartridge consists
of case, fitted with a primer in the base, powder inside and a bullet in the
It is incorrect to say
that a firearm is loaded with bullets. A firearm is loaded with
cartridges. Bullets are loaded into cases, forming the
Sometimes other words
are used when describing a bullet. Incorrect words are 'head', 'point' and
'Head' and 'point' are used as in 'bullet
point' or 'bullet head'. The implication is that 'head' and 'point' are
the parts that are fired from the
firearm and that the bullet is the part that is loaded into
the magazine. This is incorrect as bullets are loaded into cases to form cartridges and cartridges are loaded
into a magazine or chamber of a firearm.
That is why the
uninformed has difficulty with the terminology and where the incorrect use of
'loading the gun with bullets' comes from.
It is also why Officials who make regulations that
govern flying, posession and transport, do not understand that bullets and
unprimed cases are harmless. They think incorrectly that 'bullets' are cartridges or ammunition and act
accordingly. We, as knowledgable people should use and teach them the
A projectile can be a
bullet but it is a collective term. 'Projectile' is any object that is
launched and could be a cannonball, piano, pumpkin or a bullet.
The words cartridge,
cartridge case, primer, powder and bullet can denote only one thing and there is
no confusion when using these words.
The simplest way of
remembering the terminology is to start with the bullet. We say,
correctly, that a person is wearing a bullet proof vest or that there are bullet
holes in a target. We do not talk about 'head' holes or 'point' holes in a
target and a firearm is not chambered for a 'bullet'. A firearm is
chambered to accept a particular cartridge.
Use the right words
and be understood, reduce confusion and be correct.
The parts of a
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