- a firearm loaded at the breech.
Origin of breechloader
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Examples from the Web for breechloader
Yes, a breechloader—a Purdey he called it, and a bag of cartridges.Middy and Ensign
G. Manville Fenn
A motion to "Hay," who held the firing lanyard, and almost instantly came the sharp, vicious report of the breechloader.A Gunner Aboard the "Yankee"
The Honourable, when he went over the farm with his breechloader, invariably came in and drank a glass of the small beer.Hodge and His Masters
The chief lesson taught by the engagement is the tremendous power of the breechloader in steady hands.The Egyptian campaigns, 1882 to 1885