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pinfire

[ pin-fahyuhr ]
/ ˈpɪnˌfaɪər /
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adjective

of or relating to a cartridge fitted with a pin that, when struck by the hammer of the firearm, causes the cartridge to explode.
of or relating to a firearm that uses such a cartridge.

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Origin of pinfire

First recorded in 1850–55; pin + fire
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Example sentences from the Web for pinfire

  • She had been killed by a bullet which fitted Nepcote's revolver, which was a pinfire weapon.

    The Hand in the Dark|Arthur J. Rees
  • He signed to Señora Martinez, who brought the old pinfire gun and gave it to Kit.

    Kit Musgrave's Luck|Harold Bindloss
  • He knew no arguments they would admit, and his only protection was Don Erminio's old pinfire gun.

    Kit Musgrave's Luck|Harold Bindloss
  • On our arrival, the only weapons the guard possessed were ancient pinfire rifles, firing a huge lump of lead.

    A Kut Prisoner|H. C. W. Bishop
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