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rimfire

[rim-fahyuh r] /ˈrɪmˌfaɪər/
adjective
1.
(of a cartridge) having the primer in a rim encircling the base.
Compare center-fire (def 1).
2.
(of a firearm) designed for the use of such cartridges.
Origin of rimfire
1865-1870
An Americanism dating back to 1865-70; rim + fire
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rim-fire

adjective
1.
(of a cartridge) having the primer in the rim of the base
2.
(of a firearm) adapted for such cartridges
Compare centre-fire
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