General Questions Thread........

Discussion in 'General Chit-Chat' started by Windy, Jul 27, 2012.

  1. Windy

    Windy Well-Known Member Supporting

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    Here is a thread for me and any others to post questions that only require one or two posts for an answer. Sometimes when I read other's posts I have a question and I don't want to hijack the thread.

    So, I was reading a thread and I got to wondering.....

    Is 'carbine' pronounced "Carb*eye*n" or "Car*bean*"?

    Please be patient with me. I am pretty new to guns and I ask a lot of basic questions.
     
  2. duster066

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    Either way has been used a lot. I say car bean.
     

  3. axxe55

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    i have always called it "car bean" too. pretty much most people i know pronounce it that way.
     
  4. Windy

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    That is the way I've heard it pronounced on the gun shows and pawn shows I watch on TV. :eek: I have always thought of it as "Carb*eye*n, though. I stand corrected. Now if I ever discuss carbines with anyone I won't make a fool of myself by pronouncing it wrong. Thanks.
     
  5. Windy

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    Me, again.

    What exactly is a bull pup. I thought it was a type of gun but now I'm thinking that isn't right.
     
  6. 1894

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    From wikipedia
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bullpup

     
  7. Windy

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  8. axxe55

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    Google Steyer AUG rifles. they are a bullpup design.
     
  9. Windy

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    Yeah, it's me again. Please be patient with my questions. I am sincerely trying to learn.

    http://www.marlinforum.com/forum/f6/336-marlin-picture-thread-194/

    In going over this thread and wishing I had a rifle, I noticed some of these rifles seem to have shorter barrels than others. Why is that? I imagine there is some sort of advantage/disadvantage to these barrel lengths. Anyone want to educate me with patience? :( I know my questions can get annoying.
     
  10. Windy

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    Here's another one. You Mods might get to use that Ban Hammer yet. Does being annoying count as being bannable?


    What's the difference between Trap and Skeet? Aren't both shooting flying clays?
     
  11. greyhawk50

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    I'm not an expert on the subject but I'll give my thoughts as to why.
    The shorter barrel aids in the handling of the rifle. Be it the ability to swing or mount the rifle in a wooded environment. Also makes it easier to carry through the woods w/o catching the muzzle on limbs and stuff. The shorter barrel might improve the balance and slightly lessen the over-all weight. It might even go back to the idea of drawing a carbine from a scabbard while riding on horseback like in the days of the Calvary.
    On the other hand, the longer barrel can provide a longer sight radius between the front and rear sight thus slightly improving the human controlled portion of accuracy, if you are using the iron sights. With a scope, it won't matter.
    I don't fully understand it, but the length of barrel also has an effect on stabilizing the bullet. If the barrel is too short, the bullet doesn't generate sufficient spin and will drift or even tumble. Bullet caliber, weight and velocity all have an effect on this.
    Then, the rule of thumb considering barrel lengths is; loss or gain in velocity. I have always heard that the loss or gain is 30 fps/inch. This will vary greatly depending on the burn rate of the powder.
    And it may just be an appearance think. What appeals to the consumer, at least from the mind's eye of the designer. ;)

    grey
     
  12. greyhawk50

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    Here is a link for you to review. It gives pictorials that explain it better and faster than I can. ;)
    To me, they are both the same; Fun, Challenging and you need a Gun. :p
    Oh no, is that the "smartypants" mallet heading my way????????? :eek:

    http://www.claytargetsonline.com/aboutthegames.php

    Grey
     
  13. Windy

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    Thanks, "Smartypants". :D

    The explanation for my barrel length question was very informative. I appreciate you taking the time to answer me.

    The skeet and trap link was good, too. I get a little bit smarter every day but I have a looooong way to go yet. :cool: