expendable gun

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1. n. [Perforating]
A perforating gun assembly that disintegrates upon firing, thereby reducing the volume and dimensions of retrieved components. Expendable guns are typically used where wellbore restrictions allow only limited access, as in through-tubing applications. The distortion caused to the gun assembly during firing would typically prevent recovery of a conventional gun design through the limited clearances. The expendable gun assembly breaks into small pieces that drop to the bottom of the well, leaving only a relatively small subassembly that is easily recovered to surface.
Antonyms: retrievable gun