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Centerfire Ammunition

Rifle/Handgun Cartridge
Firing a cartridge is a physical and chemical chain reaction that takes place in a split second.

  • The chain reaction starts with the pulling of the trigger, which releases the firing pin
  • The firing pin strikes the primer and the priming compound detonates, creating a small flame
  • The flame ignites the powder charge, which rapidly burns a high volume of gas. The gas is under very high pressure and seeks a path of least resistance down the bore to the muzzle (open end of gun)
  • Of course, the bullet stands in the path of the expanding gas and the muzzle
  • The gas pushes the bullet along as it travels to the muzzle
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