Gape - The degree to which the barrel(s) of a break-open gun drop down; the size of the opening space---which should be sufficient to allow for ease of loading, unloading and properly-functioning ejection. Compare the angle of opening required for the loading the side-by-side above to the angle required for the over & under below---particularly to clear the under barrel. A good gape is easier to achieve on a side-by-side than an over & under where the bottom barrel is well-enclosed by the action body.




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