breechloader

noun
breech·load·er | \ ˈbrēch-ˈlō-dər \

Definition of breechloader 

: a firearm that loads at the breech The first really satisfactory American breechloader was developed at Harpers Ferry by Christian Sharps, whose superior gun helped make the word sharpshooter a common American noun. —Bernard Brodie and Fawn M. Brodie — compare muzzleloader

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breech-loading \ˈbrēch-ˈlō-diŋ \ adjective
a breech-loading rifle

First Known Use of breechloader

1855, in the meaning defined above

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