is a projectile
propelled by a firearm
, or air gun
. Bullets do not normally contain explosives
but damage the intended target by impact and penetration
. The word "bullet" is sometimes colloquially used to refer to ammunition
in general, or to a cartridge
, which is a combination of the bullet, case/shell
, and primer
. This incorrect use of 'bullet' when 'cartridge' is intended, leads to confusion when the components of a cartridge are discussed or intended.
See the reference section for more detail.