breech·​load·​er ˈbrēch-ˈlō-dər How to pronounce breechloader (audio)
: 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
breech-loading adjective
a breech-loading rifle

Word History

First Known Use

1855, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of breechloader was in 1855

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“Breechloader.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

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