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noun Ordnance.
  1. a plunger in the firing mechanism of a firearm or cannon that strikes the cartridge primer, igniting the propelling charge.

Origin of firing pin

First recorded in 1870–75
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Examples from the Web for firing pin

Historical Examples

  • His gun must have been tampered with, the firing-pin filed off perhaps.

    Astounding Stories of Super-Science, May, 1930

    Various

  • He took it from her and pointed out where it had been dented by the firing-pin.

    Hidden Gold

    Wilder Anthony

  • Such as are used in fixed ammunition and go off by the snap of the firing-pin.

    The Gunner's Examiner

    Harold E. Cloke

  • But the firing-pin is not the only means of exploding the torpedo.

    Inventions of the Great War

    A. Russell (Alexander Russell) Bond

  • At the nose of the torpedo is a firing-pin, with which the war-head is exploded.

    Inventions of the Great War

    A. Russell (Alexander Russell) Bond


British Dictionary definitions for firing pin

firing pin

noun
  1. the part of the firing mechanism of a firearm that ignites the charge by striking the primer
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