Brass (firearms)

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Brass is an alloy of copper and zinc that is commonly used as the casing for ammunition.

Brass in Ammunition and Firearms

In firearms terminology, brass refers to an ammunition component. According to gun writer Matthew Boyd, brass is "the cartridge case. This is usually made out of brass, hence the name. The case holds the powder inside, a primer in its bottom, and a bullet in its mouth. Assembled, these components constitute a cartridge."[1]

Bibliography - Further Reading


  1. Boyd, Matthew J., "Basic firearms Terminology Defined." Guns and Shooting Online - Chuck, 2012. Accessed February 19, 2015