- an old type of gunlock in which sparks are produced by the friction of a small steel wheel against a piece of iron pyrites.
- a gun having such a gunlock.
Origin of wheel lock
First recorded in 1660–70
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Examples from the Web for wheel lock
The wheel-lock was superseded by the trigger and the hammer, still with flint.Records of Woodhall Spa and Neighbourhood
J. Conway Walter
There are numerous variations in the wheel-lock of all dates and of many nationalities.
First the match-lock, wheel-lock, flint-lock, percussion lock.The Modern Pistol and How to Shoot It
Wheel-lock of blued steel, with gold and silver inlay, and wheel-guard of tracery in thin gold.
A result of the introduction of the wheel-lock was the invention of pistols, which never carry match-locks.
- a gunlock formerly in use in which the firing mechanism was activated by sparks produced by friction between a small steel wheel and a flint
- a gun having such a lock