The latter is due in part also to improved shapes of projectiles and the introduction of rifling.
"Go on with your task of rifling the traveller's saddle-bags," she said, but made no movement to go.
I guess they make them so fast and so many of them that the boring tool wears and the rifling is not the best.
Then he cut her throat, and leaving her for dead on the bed, 019proceeded with his rifling.
Showing the machinery for boring and rifling heavy ordnance.
Ross was rifling his little brother's pockets with an air of business.
First, on the original dagger there are linear scratches which exactly correspond with the grooves of the rifling.
In 1746 Benjamin Robins taught the principles of rifling as we know them now.
He next had an idea of following up the messenger, and after giving him a crack on the head, rifling his pockets.
Or was it because some inkling had reached her as to the rifling of Greta's room at Lamborough?
1775, "portable firearm having a spirally grooved bore," used earlier of the grooves themselves (1751), noun use of rifled (pistol), 1680s, from verb meaning "to cut spiral grooves in" (a gun barrel); see rifle (v.2).
"to plunder," early 14c. (implied in rifling), from Old French rifler "strip, filch, plunder, peel off (skin or bark), fleece," literally "to graze, scratch" (12c.), probably from a Germanic source (cf. Old English geriflian "to wrinkle," Old High German riffilon "to tear by rubbing," Old Norse rifa "to tear, break"). Related: Rifled; rifling.
"to cut spiral grooves in" (a gun barrel), 1630s, probably from French rifler, from Old French rifler "to scratch or groove" (see rifle (v.1)). Related: Rifled; rifling.