breech·​load·​er | \ ˈbrēch-ˈlō-dər How to pronounce breechloader (audio) \

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 How to pronounce breech-loading (audio) \ adjective
a breech-loading rifle

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1855, in the meaning defined above

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“Breechloader.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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