Spanish Gun Terminology


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abe586
September 16, 2008, 10:51 PM
I can't seem to find any sites or people that know the Spanish gun terms. Anyone know any terms or sites of hand?
Would be very grateful! Thank you!

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Hoplophile
September 16, 2008, 10:55 PM
Shotgun = Escopeta
Pistols = Pistolas
AK-47 = Cuernos de cabra (horn of the goat, known for the curved mags). This is only in Mexico.
Gun = Arma
Ammo = Municion

That should help?

abe586
September 16, 2008, 11:00 PM
Thank you so much!:p

Aguila Blanca
September 16, 2008, 11:03 PM
Cartridge = Cartouche

Rifle = Fusile

Pistol (single) = Pistola

Pistols (plural) = Pistolas

For Freedom
September 16, 2008, 11:06 PM
Puedo ayudarte un poco. He enviado mensajes en ese foro:

http://www.armas.es/foro/foro.php?TEMA=3&T=Armas_Militares

Está locado en españa. Las personas en ese foro son muy amables. Pueden ayudarte con todas tus preguntas. Yo sé algunas palabras.

Rifle: Fusil, Rifle
Gun (in general): Arma
Pistol: Pistola
Forum: Foro
Bullet: Bala, Proyectil
Magazine: Cargador
Long gun: Arma larga
Automatic rifle: Fusil automático
General gun accessories: Pertrechos
Ammunition, Rounds: Municiones
Cartridge, Shotgun Shell: Cartucho
Casing (just the casing): Vaina
Gunpowder: Pólvora
Primer: Fulminate, Pistón

¿Vas a ser el líder de una revolución en latinoamérica?:scrutiny::uhoh::neener:

MD_Willington
September 17, 2008, 12:41 AM
On the CETME TSR trigger.

T = Tiro = shoot.
S = Seguro = safe.
R = Rafagas = burst.

Rubber_Duck
September 17, 2008, 12:58 AM
AK-47 = Cuernos de cabra (horn of the goat, known for the curved mags). This is only in Mexico.

The term is actually "cuerno de chivo," however they mean the same thing (goat horn).

LaEscopeta
September 17, 2008, 08:26 AM
A couple of comments on words posted above:

Rifle = El fusil and sometimes la carabina, especially in South America. I think this is used for rilfes in general, and not just for short, light ones (i.e. not used like the French word carabine or the English word carbine.) I've also seen the word “rifle” used in a Spanish newspaper in Guatemala.

arma = gun but also weapon in general. Arma de fuego specifically means firearm.

3 other words:

machine gun = La ametralladora
submachine gun = El subfusil ametrallador
gunman = El pistolero, as in one skilled in the use of firearms.

Finally, the Spanish word for shotgun, La Escopeta, comes from the root word for to sweep or to clear away. Kind of descriptive of what a shotgun can do. Not that you asked…

TeamPrecisionIT
September 17, 2008, 09:05 AM
The term is actually "cuerno de chivo," however they mean the same thing (goat horn).

That's what I call it, (I am cuban) but some of our south and central american friends call it 'cabra.' Just like Chupacabra - you know the thing everyone is hunting for with their cuerno de cabra, lol.

Damian

spwenger
September 17, 2008, 09:20 AM
Spanish/English Firearms Dictionary (http://www.9mmlargo.com/dictionary.htm)

I think that this reference is more likely to reflect usage in Spain, as opposed to some of the Latin American variants.

Note that the terms fusile and cartouche, above, are French. The Spanish versions are fusil and cartucho.

scrat
September 17, 2008, 06:24 PM
Spanish lessons on THR gotta love it

hahahha

JesseL
September 17, 2008, 07:15 PM
Corto = Short, as in 9mm Corto = .380 ACP.

jerkface11
September 17, 2008, 07:38 PM
Largo=long as in 9mm largo

Vaarok
September 17, 2008, 08:30 PM
There's actually a NRA en Espanol website, with the Safety Rules translated.

http://www.nraespanol.org/

230RN
September 17, 2008, 10:26 PM
I just discovered today that Google has a whizbang translator. Individual words or whole business letters. I had to write a legal-ish letter to Mexico, copied-and-pasted the whole letter in English into the input box, selected Spanish to English, clicked "translate," and voila!

(That's not a Spanish word.)

I translated the Spanish back to English, just to see how well it did, and it was pretty good, but I fine-tuned it by avoiding wierd English cases and tenses and idioms and complex sentences, and it re-translated back almost perfectly.

I am impressed.

I am reminded of the story of the first computer/machine translator where they tried to translate "The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak" into Russian, and then back to English again.

The result? "The vodka is good but the beef stinks."

Brrrrump-Tssssh!

I was paying a professional translator, then discovered the Google Gadget this AM. Personally, I think she was using the Google Translator, too.

Seriously.

I don't want to break her rice bowl, but I don't see paying for it anymore. Poetry and high literature probably aren't suitable for the Google Translator. But for expository text, it does just about any lingo on earth into just about any other lingo on earth.

I found it by Googling "TRANSLATOR" and one of the hits was the Google Translator.

Huh.

Who'd'a thunk it?

--Terry

B yond
September 18, 2008, 12:21 AM
Rifle = Fusile

F you silly

LaEscopeta
September 18, 2008, 09:04 AM
I just discovered today that Google has a whizbang translator.It looks like Google reversed engineered the Babble Fish web translator (http://babelfish.yahoo.com/). But Google added a few new features, and appears to look at whole sentences together, not just at the individual words. Both are excellent at getting the basic meaning out of text in another language, but neither are going to come up with something that sounds right. As an example, and to get this thread drifting back to firearms related, below is the introduction to the NRA Spanish web site (link above) churned through both translators into English:

Babble fish:
“When you see the pages on this site and www.nrahq.org, you will find a information wealth on the NRA and how our activities affect the lives of all the Americans who love the freedom. Our main target to protect the Second Constitutional Amendment takes almost to each one of the levels of the local, state and federal government to fight legislative battles. The NRA also offers 178 programs that benefit citizens who own arms as well as to which do not own. Some of the extensive categories of programs include: accident prevention of weapon for children, personal security, self-defense, competitive shot, basic education of firearms, programs for youth, women and officials of the application of the law; and of course education of hunting.
The members of NRA come from all type of social conditions and all type of demographic antecedents. Information on the inscription to the NRA and the advantages of being a partner also is explained in these pages. The force of the NRA always been has based on the dedication of its members. We hope that you one to our fight to protect its liberties.”

Google Translate:
"When you see the pages on this site and on www.nrahq.org, you will find a wealth of information about the NRA and how our activities affect the lives of all Americans who love freedom. Our fundamental objective of protecting the Second Amendment Constitutional leads us to almost every level of local government, state and federal legislative battles to fight. The NRA also offers 178 programs that benefit citizens who possess weapons as well as those who do not possess. Some of the extensive programme categories include: prevention of accidents weapon to children, personal safety, self-defense, competitive shooting, basic education of firearms, programmes for youth, women and officers of law enforcement, and since then education game.
NRA members come from all kinds of social conditions and all sorts of demographic background. Registration information to NRA and the advantages of being a partner is also explained in these pages. The strength of the NRA has always been based on the dedication of its members. We hope you will join our fight to protect their freedoms."

Deanimator
September 18, 2008, 09:21 AM
machinegun = ametralladora (from the French "mitrailleuse")

rhubarb
September 19, 2008, 07:54 PM
This is Spanish I've learned in the Rio Grande Valley from immigrants from all over Mexico. It may or may not apply in your local vernacular:

AK: el cuerno de chivo, cuerno
AR: M16
bullet: la bala, el balazo
cartridge: el cartucho
cartridge case: el casquillo
hunt (noun): la tirada
machine gun: la ametralladora, la matraca
magazine: el cargador
powder: la pólvora
rifle: el rifle, la carabina (with carabina probably more common among Mexicans and rifle more common among Mexican-Americans speaking Spanish)
Mosin 91/30: el pinche cañon
pistol: la pistola
pistol (revolver): el revolver
pistol (semi-auto): la cuadrada
scope: el lente
shot: el tiro, el disparo
trigger: el gatito
target: la diana
to shoot: tirar

bthest86
September 19, 2008, 08:40 PM
I've heard riflé (pronounced reef-lay) for the term rifle.

crushbup
September 19, 2008, 11:08 PM
I'd recommend not using a free translator for any serious business. I knew a woman from Chile who taught Spanish and she could tell within an instant when something was machine translated because of how weird it sounded. This should hold true for any Spanish speaker, so to avoid embarrassment I'd pay a translator.

¿La clase de español en The High Road? ¡Me gusta mucho!

bthest86
September 19, 2008, 11:38 PM
Mosin 91/30: el pinche cañon

Hee hee hee hee

spwenger
September 20, 2008, 12:49 PM
AK: el cuerno de chivo, cuerno
AR: M16
bullet: la bala, el balazo
cartridge: el cartucho
cartridge case: el casquillo
hunt (noun): la tirada
machine gun: la ametralladora, la matraca
magazine: el cargador
powder: la pólvora
rifle: el rifle, la carabina (with carabina probably more common among Mexicans and rifle more common among Mexican-Americans speaking Spanish)
Mosin 91/30: el pinche cañon
pistol: la pistola
pistol (revolver): el revolver
pistol (semi-auto): la cuadrada
scope: el lente
shot: el tiro, el disparo
trigger: el gatito
target: la diana
to shoot: tirar

In Mexico:

Balazo is "gunshot." Bala is "bullet."

Cacería is "hunting."

Escuadra (as in "T-square) is a semi-automatic pistol.

Lente is "lens," not a telescope or telescopic sight.

Gatito is "little cat;" gatillo is "trigger."

Blanco is "target," as in tiro al blanco for "target shooting."

rhubarb
September 20, 2008, 08:48 PM
No, I'm not particularly sure. I just posted as I understand, and my fading memory and gringo ears are imperfect.

Balazo: The only use I can remember hearing is someone saying, "Le voy a echar un balazo" while pointing as with a gun. I didn't realize the finer point of bullet/gunshot. I really thought it was just mocho or slang for "big bullet."

gatillo vs gatito
esquadra vs cuadrada
I stand corrected.

Cacería is the correct word for hunting and I've occasionally heard it used, but if I had a peso for every time I've heard la tirada used in reference to a hunt...

I've never heard anything but lente in reference to a scope nor anything but diana for target. I remember the first time I heard diana used was when I went shooting with a guy from Chiapas who spent his teenage years guarding the Guatemalan border with an HK.

Thanks for the corrections. The THR database is better for it.

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