flintlock


flint·lock

noun \ˈflint-ˌläk\

Definition of FLINTLOCK

1
:  a lock for a gun or pistol having a flint in the hammer for striking a spark to ignite the charge
2
:  a firearm fitted with a flintlock

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First Known Use of FLINTLOCK

1683

flintlock

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Ignition system for firearms developed in the early 16th century. It superseded the matchlock and the wheel lock and remained in use until the mid-19th century. The most successful version, the true flintlock, was invented in France in the 17th century. When the trigger was pulled, a spring action caused the frizzen (striker) to strike the flint, showering sparks onto the gunpowder in the priming pan; the ignited powder, in turn, fired the main charge in the bore, propelling the ball.

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