- (of a rifle) equipped with a manually operated sliding bolt.
Origin of bolt-action
First recorded in 1870–75
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This would force people to use only bolt-action rifles, pistols, and shotguns.You Can't Save Gun Control With Word Games
December 19, 2012
Chassepot, shas′po, n. the kind of bolt-action breechloading rifle adopted by the French army in 1866.
Is it a fair statement on my part that on all the occasions that you recall hunting with Lee he employed a bolt-action rifle?
He either used that rifle or a single-shot, bolt-action rifle, another .22 that was out at the farm.