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percussion lock

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noun
  1. a gunlock on a firearm that fires by striking a percussion cap.
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Compare flintlock.

Origin of percussion lock

First recorded in 1820–30
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Examples from the Web for percussion lock

Historical Examples

  • The last improvement which we shall notice was the percussion-lock.

    The International Monthly Magazine, Volume 5, No. 1, January, 1852

    Various

  • He had his men furnished with the percussion-lock rifle, a very superior arm to the old smooth-bore.

    The Brothers' War

    John Calvin Reed

  • At the encampments near the winter station we found a couple of percussion-lock guns, with caps, powder and lead.


British Dictionary definitions for percussion lock

percussion lock

noun
  1. a gunlock in which the hammer strikes a percussion cap
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